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5/28/16

REVIEW OF SCARLETT DUNN'S Last Promise

 LAST PROMISE
The McBride Brothers
Book Three of Three
authored by
Scarlett Dunn


Last Promise
 OVERVIEW
( Night Owl Reviews)

  • Number: 9781420138931
  • Release: April 26, 2016
  • Author: Scarlett Dunn
  • Availability: Print-Book
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * ROM: Historical
  • Publisher: Zebra Books

The heart always finds a home . . .

For British heiress Mary Ann Hardwicke, the Wild West is the perfect place to make her own life and escape the stifling privilege of an arranged marriage. Hard at work proving her independence, it's little wonder she has no time for handsome cowboy Luke McBride. No matter that he somehow understands the freedom she so badly needs--how could she trust such a wild spirit, much less find a way to love him?

Like the broncs he busts, Luke doesn't see himself settling down in one place, let alone with one woman. So at first, Mary Ann is just an intriguing challenge. But her determination and bravery are sparking a longing to prove he can be the truly good man she deserves. Now as their enemies work to separate them, they will take a dangerous gamble on faith to claim an enduring love . . .

REVIEW
"In love lies redemption" (from front cover)

 The Wild West - Mary Ann Hardwicke wants to escape an arranged marriage.  She is a British heiress and in order to save her father's vast estate, he arranges for her to marry.  Mary Ann escapes to America.  She goes to work and live with her Uncle who has a hotel and eating establishment.  She doesn't have time for the handsome cowboy, Luke McBride.  He has no intention on settling down.  He loves and leaves 'em.  There's something about Mary Ann that  keeps Luke's interest.  The author wrote an exciting book about the wild west and how a handsome cowboy can change and become faithful to one woman. I couldn't put the book down.  All the time Mary Ann is working to change her life, she knows her father will come for her and back to her arranged marriage. Even though Luke has his wild untamed side, he's very much a gentleman and is willing to do what has to be done.  Very good book in which, you can find yourself in the Wild West watching Luke and his brothers, Mary Ann and the wild saloon girls (ladies of the evening).  The author has written characters into this book that the reader can get lost in.  You find yourself rooting for Mary Ann and at the same time being just a little angry with her for jumping to conclusions one after the other.  You fall in love with Luke. I have not read the first two books in The McBride Brothers series but can't wait to.  Give it a try. 


I received this book from the author, Scarlett Dunn and Night Owl Reviews in exchange for my unbiased opinion. No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 5 STARS.



AUTHOR

About the Author

Scarlett Dunn

Scarlett Dunn lives in Kentucky surrounded by all manner of wildlife, and enjoys long "God walks" where most inspiration strikes. Possessing an adventurous spirit, and a love of history, particularly the pioneers of the West, she has a special place in her heart for all cowboys, past and present. Readers can visit her website: www.scarlettdunn.com.

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JUNE - A Novel- written by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

DUE TO BE RELEASED 
MAY 31, 2016
 
JUNE
A Novel
by
Miranda Beverly-Whittemore


DETAILS
(from cover flap)
 From the New York Times bestselling author of Bittersweet comes a novel of suspense and passion about a terrible mistake made sixty years ago that threatens to change a modern family forever. 

Twenty-five-year-old Cassie Danvers is holed up in her family’s crumbling mansion in rural St. Jude, Ohio, mourning the loss of the woman who raised her—her grandmother, June. But a knock on the door forces her out of isolation. Cassie has been named the sole heir to legendary matinee idol Jack Montgomery's vast fortune. How did Jack Montgomery know her name? Could he have crossed paths with her grandmother all those years ago? What other shocking secrets could June’s once-stately mansion hold?

Soon Jack’s famous daughters come knocking, determined to wrestle Cassie away from the inheritance they feel is their due. Together, they all come to discover the true reasons for June’s silence about that long-ago summer, when Hollywood came to town, and June and Jack’s lives were forever altered by murder, blackmail, and betrayal. As this page-turner shifts deftly between the past and present, Cassie and her guests will be forced to reexamine their legacies, their definition of family, and what it truly means to love someone, steadfastly, across the ages.

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Crown (May 31, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553447688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553447682
  
AUTHOR
Miranda Beverly-WhittemoreI write novels. My third, New York Times bestseller Bittersweet, is set at the home on Lake Champlain where I spent my summers as a little girl. But that's where the resemblance to life ends - the place, renamed Winloch in the book - is inhabited by a family of deliciously bad people. I wrote Bittersweet for people like me, who love The Secret History and The Emperor's Children; it's a literary beach read.

My first two novels were published in 2005 and 2007. My next novel, June, will be out in 2016.



Based in some part on my own experience being photographed by two fine arts photographers, Jock Sturges and Mona Kuhn, I started my first novel, The Effects of Light, to answer the question most Americans seemed to ask when I explained this photographic work to them--would I still love it if an innocent died because that work had been made?

My second novel, Set Me Free, was based in part on the time I spent on the Crow reservation in high school, the legacy of my counter cultural parents, and the complications of their generation of liberal do gooders. The book was also an homage to my theater school-aged days and based on The Tempest. 


 
REVIEW
 Setting: St. Jude, Ohio   1955-2015
This is a combination of past alternating narratives.  Although you would think it would be confusing, the author wrote it in such a way that the reader doesn't get lost.  The story holds a little suspense, not so much that you don't enjoy.The film, Erie Canal,  is set in  St. Jude, a small town. St. Jude comes alive. The author describes the characters and the scenes with such detail you can actual picture them in your mind. Twists and turns.
Cassie Danvers is in mourning, but is it much more. She has so much to look forward to, but doesn't smile, doesn't take care of the everyday rituals such as taking a shower, clean clothes, brushing hair. You want to feel for her but then again, get a grip.  Of course, she is devastated by her grandmother June's death. Her grandmother has raised her but what good does it do to isolate yourself in your grandmother's run down
 mansion?  Cassie is young and has her whole life ahead of her. The film is to be made centered around the small town's  mansion.  So many secrets that have been hidden for years, will they come to the surface, and what will happen if they do?  Everybody  has some secrets, either past or present and every town has oh, so many, secrets. The author gives you, the reader, a little bit of everything, lies, secrets,mystery, heartbreak and of course, romance and all that goes with it.All with a Hollywood touch. What a love story, but love is not always kind.  The author us that love connection which has murder and blackmail standing over it. You wonder who is in love? Well it's between Cassie and ? from Hollywood.  You couldn't want for more. The author keeps you wondering what will come next as you turn the pages. What will happen next?

I received this book from the author, Miranda Beverly-Whittemore and Blogging For Books in exchange for my unbiased book review. No other compensation took place. 

I would give this book 5  STARS.

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RECOGNITIONS by Daniela I. Norris
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Recognitions
Title: RECOGNITIONS
Author: Daniela Norris
Publisher: Roundfire Books
Pages: 200
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Inspirational/Historical Fiction
Amelia Rothman, a foreign-rights editor from New York, has a turbulent personal life. She juggles a divorce and two teenage kids, and decides to seek hypnotherapy to help her deal with insomnia and anxieties. But when during the session an unexpected event emerges, she tries to understand how it is relevant to her current life and why it suddenly triggers a series of synchronicities that take her on an unexpected personal journey to the depth of her subconscious. At once a spiritual and psychological novel, Recognitions explores the concepts of past lives, recognition of people and their roles in our present lives and life lessons.
“Think Cloud Atlas, a classic story of rebirth, many lives, and reincarnation on a level that involves protagonists in other lives – but take it a step further in Recognitions, the first novel in a trilogy, which presents a woman under hypnosis who sometimes encounters a French girl on the cusp of marriage and sometimes an African shaman facing a village’s struggles with illness and slavery. Then take these diverse lives and weave them together in the story of a modern-day woman, Amelia (who must deal with these other lives and her own daily challenges, and who faces her own struggle to understand the connections and messages that lie in her dreams and hypnotic state), and you have an emotionally charged saga filled with three threads that lead back to one tapestry of wonder. ~ D. Donovan, senior reviewer, Midwest Book Review

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Biography

 Daniela Norris

Daniela I. Norris is a former diplomat and political writer, turned inspirational author and speaker. She lived and worked in three continents and currently resides with her family near Geneva, Switzerland.

Her award-winning fiction and articles are published in magazines and anthologies and her recent books include Crossing Qalandiya (co-authored with Palestinian writer Shireen Anabtawi, Reportage Press, 2010), On Dragonfly Wings: a skeptic's journey to mediumship (Axis Mundi Books 2014) and Collecting Feathers: Tales from the Other Side (Soul Rocks Books, 2014). Her first novel, Recognitions, is now out (Roundfire Books, 2016).



REVIEW
Past lives of Adele, 17th century, and a Shaman, during slave times, present lives of Amelia, 3 lives that is).  Adele was French and the Shaman, African. The author did a good job of entwining the past and present.Amelia is in New York and is a foreign rights book editor.  Her marriage has not succeeded, it  has failed terribly.  She has the goods and bads of raising teenagers by herself as a single mother. That's a struggle in itself. She has anxiety and insomnia so she starts having hypnotherapy sessions to help her deal. I feel you have to connect with the characters in a book, at least some of them, in order to get an understanding as to what the author is presenting. The author gives you the characters, their lives and their connection to each other. Amelia could very well be your friend, your next door neighbor, a family member. It is possible. You don't have to be a believer in reincarnation to enjoy the book.  The story doesn't bog the reader down, moving at a fairly fast pace. It's fascinating delving into past lives and how they mix with the other character's present lives.  This is Book One, debut novel with two others coming in the near future.  This should be quite a series.  This book will definitely leave you wanting more at the end and more you will get with Book Two in the making. Have you ever felt there was a connection between you and someone else, either past or present?  You may not know them but you get this feeling you know the person.  I would highly recommend this book.  Interesting!

I received this book, SUPPOSE, from the author, Daniela I. Norris and PUYB for my unbiased book review.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 4 STARS. 


5/26/16

IF YOU WERE ME and LIVED IN COLONIAL AMERICA/ Carole P. Roman

 IF YOU WERE ME
and
LIVED IN COLONIAL AMERICA

Introductions to Civilizations 
Throughout Time
Book Four
 
by
Carole P. Roman




INTRO TO BOOK
from Amazon

Join Carole P. Roman and travel through time to visit the most interesting civilizations throughout history in the first four books of her new series. Learn what kind of food you might eat in Ancient Greece, the clothes you wore in 15th century Renaissance Italy, what your name could be in Elizabethan England, and what Colonial American children did for fun. If You Were Me and Lived in...does for history what her other award-winning series did for culture. So get on-board this time-travel machine and discover the world through the eyes of a young person just like you.


MY  VIEW OF THE BOOK:
Once again Ms. Roman is giving readers, young and old a look into the past.  This time it is Colonial America.  This series has traveled to  Renaissance Italy, Elizabethan England and Ancient Greece.   This book like the others in the series is written and geared for young readers, but if you are interested in learning about countries and ways of the years past, then it doesn't matter what age you are.  You and the young reader will have fun and learn in the process. Readers will learn about the ways and customs such as occupations, the food they eat and the clothing they wear.  This book is illustrated by Sara Wright and has enjoyable, colorful pictures to go with the story.  Ms. Roman includes in the back some information and pictures of people who made a difference in the colonies of earlier times.  I always find the glossary of words very informative, giving the word, pronunciation and meaning.  Ms. Roman gives us a look into the Colonial Americans and how they shaped our world now.   Ms. Roman never fails to bring learning in a fun and interesting way.  I think every child should have this series of books on their shelf to read over and over again.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, Carole P. Roman in exchange for my unbiased view of the book. 

I would give this book 5 STARS.

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IF YOU WERE ME and LIVED IN RENAISSANCE ITALY/Carole P. Roman

IF YOU WERE ME 
and
LIVED IN RENAISSANCE ITALY

Introduction to Civilizations
Throughout Time
Book Two
by
Carole P. Roman


INTRODUCTION
(from Back of Book)

Join Carole P. Roman and travel through time to visit the most interesting civilizations throughout history in the first four books of her new series. Learn what kind of food you might eat in Ancient Greece, the clothes you wore in 15th century Renaissance Italy, what your name could be in Elizabethan England, and what Colonial American children did for fun. If You Were Me and Lived in...does for history what her other award-winning series did for culture. So get on-board this time-travel machine and discover the world through the eyes of a young person just like you.

 AUTHOR
Award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons and combines her teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us. She has two highly successful series and is launching this new exciting series about civilizations throughout time. While she is still working in her family business, this  has enabled her to share her sense of humor as well as love for history and culture with th e audience she adores. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children.
 

ILLUSTRATOR
 Silvia Brunetti is a young illustrator born and based in Rome. She attended art school and then she studied comic and illustration for children. She loves her work and draws all day

 
REVIEW

This new series of children's books  takes young minds into the past. This book....Renaissance Italy, lets the young ones and the not so young go back to the medieval times, the 1400's.  back to The Renaissance, Italy.  Children are craving to learn at a young age and that is what the author does.  She presents books that have a fun way of learning about different countries, old and new.  You are never to old to learn and these books that Ms. Roman writes can even be interesting and a learning lesson for the parent or grandparent. There are a lot of interesting information that is easy to read and will keep the young one wanting to learn more.  The words are easy to read and for the harder to pronounce words, Ms. Roman puts the pronunciation in parenthesis. The author doesn't put in the bad, evil points of the history period.  That isn't meant for young readers who might scare easy.   There are some colorful illustrations by Silvia Brunetti.  Each page of reading includes a page of illustrations to go with the story.  At the back of the book is a section of Famous People from the Italian Renaissance.  Along with each person's information is a picture of the person. There is also a glossary of words, their pronunciation and their meaning.  Such a fun and great way to learn about countries and their past which has shaped their present and future. Ms Roman never fails to help us learn and have fun while doing it.

I received this book from the author, Carole P. Roman in exchange for my unbiased review.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 5 STARS.





 

5/25/16

THE PLEASURE OF THE ROSE by Jane Bonander

TO BE RELEASED AUGUST 2016

THE PLEASURE OF THE ROSE
The MacNeil Legacy
Book One
by
Jane Bonander

A WILD MAN MEETS A RESTLESS HEART AS THE AMERICAN FRONTIER VENTURES ACROSS THE SEA TO THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS IN THIS ALL NEW ROMANCE FROM GENRE STALWART JAN BONANDER.

  BOOK DETAILS
(from Night Owl Reviews)
The Pleasure of the Rose
  • Author: Jane Bonander
  • Availability: Print-Book
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * ROM: Historical
  • Publisher: Diversion Publishing
  •  Number: 9781682302897
  •   Release: August 23, 2016
As Fletcher MacNeil sat in a jail cell, the last thing he expected was a Scottish solicitor bearing news of an inheritance. Fletcher, half Comanche and half Scottish, is the only surviving heir to Castle Sheiling and a fortune beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he must escape his current predicament and travel across the ocean?to a world of loyal clans and kinsmen where Fletcher’s very appearance marks him as outsider. Rosalyn Geddes, housekeeper of Sheiling, is relieved to hear that the new earl of Kintyre has been located in America. But the last thing she expected was the mysterious, darkly handsome man who appears on the castle doorstep. Rosalyn cannot believe he is a MacNeil, let alone the new earl. But there’s something about this man?a power and magnetism that draws her in. Fletcher learns that his inheritance comes with a caveat?he must produce an heir within one year’s time or the fortune goes to a rogue cousin of the late earl. A marriage of convenience is proposed, and Roz reluctantly agrees. What begins as purely a business transaction blossoms into something more. Roz begins to feel herself open up to the possibility of love, but the question of whether Fletcher will leave her once he’s met the terms of the will continues to loom over their relationship. Can they overcome Roz’s tragic past and Fletcher’s uncertain future?
The Pleasure of the Rose


REVIEW
 Ms. Bonander is letting us escape for a little way in this book.  All you have to do is meet Fletcher MacNeil, half Scottish and half Comanche. He never thought he would be the only heir to a fortune, a vast fortune.  There is one stipulation.  He must sire a boy.   To get this inheritance, or at least try he must travel across the ocean into a strange world of clans and kinsmen.   The clans and kinsmen aren't quite sure what to make of this long, dark haired man.  He has so much to learn and everyone around him has a lot to learn from him. The author describes him so you can picture being alongside him as he enters the castle of Sheiling for the first time.  There is Rosalyn Geddes, the housekeeper who hasn't been with a man in a long time, not since her husband died along with her baby girl. You the reader will follow Rosalyn as Fletcher and her get to know each other. The ups and downs, the hurts, the heartaches, the romance(oh, the romance). Rosalyn is resolved not to like Fletcher but something has hold of her and is drawing her closer and closer.  They have a different kind of relationship even after they are married. , a marriage of convenience, just convenience?   Will Rosalyn come around and realize that Fletcher is the MAN she's always wanted?  Will Rosalyn become with child and bear a son? Follow Rosalyn and Fletcher as they try to overcome obstacles and the past.   Will they eventually become a loving couple?    Great descriptions.  You can visualize everything they do, wear, eat, look like and say. Fantastic read.  Read and find out.

I received this item in exchange for my unbiased review from the author, Jane Bonander and Night Owl Reviews.

I would give this book 5 STARS.

5/22/16

Travel Ancient Greece with Carole P. Roman's new book

CAROLE P. ROMAN'S

IF YOU WERE ME
AND
LIVED IN
ANCIENT GREECE

An Introduction to Civilizations
Throughout Time
Volume 1

BOOK DETAILS
(from Amazon)
Join Carole P. Roman and travel through time to visit the most interesting civilizations throughout history in the first four books of her new series. Learn what kind of food you might eat in Ancient Greece, the clothes you wore in 15th century Renaissance Italy, what your name could be in Elizabethan England, and what Colonial American children did for fun. If You Were Me and Lived in...does for history what her other award-winning series did for culture. So get on-board this time-travel machine and discover the world through the eyes of a young person just like you.
  • Series: An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time
  • Paperback: 54 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 17, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1523234296
  • ISBN-13: 978-1523234295
AUTHOR
Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2012 Carole P. Romanfor her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born."Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life" has not only been named to Kirkus Best of 2012, it received the Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award for 2012. "Pepper Parrot's Problem with Patience" Book 2 in the series, received 5 Stars from The ForeWord Review The Clarion Review. Strangers on the High Seas has won second place in the Rebecca's Reads Choice Awards 2013. It has followed with six more books to the series. This year, Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis was named to Kirkus Best 2015. The entire cultural non-fiction series If You Were Me and Lived in... was named Best Series by Shelf Unbound. She has begun work on two new series that will be released in early 2016.
Motivated by her love of yoga, Roman has written a book that not only teaches four poses, but shows how easy and accessible yoga can be.
Her new non fiction series, "If You Were Me and Lived in..." combines her teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us. The debut book in the series, "If You Were Me and Lived in...Mexico" has won the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children's Non Fiction 2012. France, South Korea, and Norway. Rebecca's Reads has given If You Were Me and Lived in...Norway an honorable mention in the 2013 Choice Awards. If You Were Me and lived in ...France won second place. ForeWord Review has nominated If You Were Me and Lived in...France for best in children's non fiction literature 2013. They will be followed with Kenya, Turkey, India, and Australia. She plans to do Portugal, Greece, and Argentina next year.
Writing for children has opened up a whole second act for her. While she is still working in her family business, this has enabled her to share her sense of humor as well as love for history and culture with the audience she adores. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children. 

REVIEW
Yet another country to explore and learn about the ancient practices of Greece.  What a fun and exciting way for your child and you to learn about Ancient Greece.  The words are written in an easy to understand way.The names of the ancient gods and goddesses are put into a pronunciation form in parenthesis.  Then the description of them is written. To start with there is a picture of what Greece looks like today and then a picture of what it looked like in 350 B.C.   It's a way for you and your child to compare the differences of the two. Tells of what was eaten, what the homes were like, what it took to get money. Ms. Roman helps the reader experience the sights, sounds and smells of what it was like in ancient Greece.  What a fun and interesting way to learn about ancient times. The book isn't bogged down with a lot of words. Just simple words to tell the tale.  The illustrator did a wonderful job of adding pictures along with the story.   Also at the back is a glossary of frequently used words that have the definition with them.  Another wonderful adventure into another land.   
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.   No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 5 STARS.


5/21/16

The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob- A Journey Begins - from Brooks Olbrys




















EMBARK ON AN OCEANIC QUEST 


WITH BLUE OCEAN BOB
AS HE GOES IN SEARCH
OF HIS TRUE PURPOSE...
AND MAKES MANY NEW FRIENDS
ALONG THE WAY



THE ADVENTURES OF BLUE OCEAN BOB
by
Brooks Olbrys

Illustrated
by
Kevin Keele


BOOK OVERVIEW
(from Amazon)

Embark on an oceanic quest with Blue Ocean Bob, as he goes in search of his true purpose…and makes many new friends along the way. Despite his idyllic island life, young Bob yearns for a greater sense of fulfillment. With his guardian, Xena the hummingbird, at his side, Bob sets out to seek guidance from the wise and happy creatures of the sea.
From the joyful secrets of Al the dolphin to the insightful advice of Doc the turtle, Earl the clam, and Wallace the walrus, Bob uncovers great wisdom. But to complete his journey, he'll need to overcome his fears and Xena's doubts and prove himself to Mary Marine, the Island of Roses's leading marine biologist.
The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob: A Journey Begins is the first episode of a colorful, early chapter book series that provides children with an introduction to timeless principles of achievement derived from the teachings of Bob Proctor, Earl Nightingale, Napoleon Hill, Wallace D. Wattles, and others.

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Children's Success Unlimited (February 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982961340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982961346

REVIEW
These books about Blue Ocean Bob are not only fun and interesting for children but they have some very important lessons for children to learn early in life.  If they learn early, hopefully the lessons will follow them throughout life.  You want so much for  your children and you want them to do right and grow up to be caring loving individuals.  These kind of books re-enforce those lessons.   We don't have enough of that.  The author, Mr. Olbrys helps parents bring these lessons to life with these Blue Ocean Bob books and the travels on the sea to learning them. The books allow the children to use their imagination and use their minds.  They get to realize they can succeed in what they try to do.  It may not come at first, but keep trying and it will happen. The books are written in an easy to understand  way and are fun  The illustrations are very colorful and go with each page of the story.  The book is hard covered with a very nice colorful and interesting book sleeve to protect the book. These book are a nice addition to a child's book shelf to be read over and over again, re-enforcing the lessons.  You can succeed.  There is a future out there.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, Brooks Olbrys, in exchange for my unbiased view. No other compensation took place.
 
I would give this book 5 STARS.



AUTHOR and ILLUSTRATOR

Brooks Olbrys
As a lifelong student of achievement philosophies, Brooks Olbrys was inspired by his young son to make these philosophies accessible to children. With encouragement from best-selling author and personal development coach Bob Proctor, Brooks created the children's book series, The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob.
A graduate of Stanford University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts, and the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, Brooks is the founder of Children's Success Unlimited and a managing director at investment bank Ion Partners. He lives with his wife and son in New York City and greatly enjoys escapes to the North and South American coastlines.
Kevin Keele (illustrator of A Journey Begins chapter book)
From a young age, Kevin Keele has enjoyed creating artwork in many forms: drawing, oil painting, digital painting, even stained glass. His work has been featured in numerous picture books, magazines, board games, and video games. Though he lives far from any coastlines, he has always been fascinated by the ocean and enjoys illustrating its various creatures.
Kevin is currently an artist for Disney Interactive Studios. He lives in Utah with his wife and two sons. They're the caretakers of one grouchy cat, three chickens, and thousands of Italian honeybees.