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Guest Post: Fiction Funding a Brighter Future with Robert Eggleton

Child Maltreatment Can Be Prevented!

In Real Life, Not Just by Fictional HEA Endings

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Thanks, Sally, for the opportunity to tell your readers a little about me, my debut novel, and the nonprofit child welfare agency to which author proceeds have been donated in support of the prevention of child maltreatment.

I’ve worked in the field of child advocacy for over forty years. In 2002, I accepted a job as a children’s psychotherapist for our local mental health center. It was an intensive day treatment program. Many of the kids in the program had been abused, some sexually. Part of my job was to facilitate group therapy sessions.
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Book Review: Curiosity Time-Jumped the Cat (The Mine by John A. Heldt)

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I received a free copy of this book to review. However, the following review is my honest opinion.

Joel Smith is the kind of guy who would decide on a whim to explore an old mine. Well, he is a geology student after all. A few minutes in, he comes face to face with a rattlesnake. Curiosity could have killed the cat. Instead, Joel stumbles out of the mine and realises curiosity brought him back. To 1941, that is. Continue reading “Book Review: Curiosity Time-Jumped the Cat (The Mine by John A. Heldt)”

Book Review: Don’t discriminate against the otherly-eyed! (Alien Love Story by A.K. Dawson)

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I received a free copy of this book to review. However, the following review is my honest opinion.

Dan has suffered from crippling headaches ever since his family died in an accident. The headaches come every day without fail, leaving him unable to do anything but curl up in a wheezing ball of pain. But when he meets a mysteriously enchanting girl with huge eyes, his headache abandons him. Instead, he’s struck by a dangerous, sudden-onset heart condition: love (??).

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Series Review: I have a bigger gun than you. Neener-neener. (Leviathan Part 3)

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Missed parts 1 and 2 of this series review? See the links at the bottom of this post.

In this final instalment of the Leviathan series, the ship is sent to Russia with several tonnes of beef. Upon arrival, they are stunned to see an entire forest felled and must rescue Tesla, (yes, the Tesla) the man who caused the destruction. Oh, did I mention he needed saving from his own bears? Continue reading “Series Review: I have a bigger gun than you. Neener-neener. (Leviathan Part 3)”

Series Review: Weapons Rated E, for Everyone (Leviathan Part 2)

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Missed part one of this series review? Find it here.

After tramping around in the mountains, Deryn and Alek make it to exotic Istanbul, where the mechas are shaped like animals, and fighting is done with peppers and newspapers. Continue reading “Series Review: Weapons Rated E, for Everyone (Leviathan Part 2)”

Series Review: Mechas and Princes and Wolf-tigers, Oh My! (Leviathan Part 1)

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Let’s all take a journey back to World War 1, with a twist. The Germans and Austrians are Clankers, those that rely on cool walking war machines to do the job, whereas Britain, France and Russia are Darwinists, those that breed and use cool animal hybrids to wage war (and serve more everyday functions). Continue reading “Series Review: Mechas and Princes and Wolf-tigers, Oh My! (Leviathan Part 1)”

Book Review: So, What’s His Profession Anyway?

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Alfeo Zeno is of noble blood, but ended up as the obedient and not incapable apprentice of a grouch named Nostradamus. That grouch also happens to be an extremely capable doctor, astrologist, academic, clairvoyant and demon-summoning-master guy. Continue reading “Book Review: So, What’s His Profession Anyway?”

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