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The Rewind Find of the Day is “Shadow on the Wall: Book One of The Sandstorm Chronicles” by Pavarti K. Tyler!

“Shadow on the Wall: Book One of The Sandstorm Chronicles”

By Pavarti K. Tyler

 

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Recai Osman: Muslim, philosopher, billionaire and Superhero?

Controversial and daring, Shadow on the Wall details the transformation of Recai Osman from complicated man to Superhero. Forced to witness the cruelty of the Morality Police in his home city of Elih, Turkey, Recai is called upon by the power of the desert to be the vehicle of change. Does he have the strength to answer Allah’s call or will his dark past and self doubt stand in his way?

Pulling on his faith in Allah, the friendship of a Jewish father-figure and a deeply held belief that his people deserve better, Recai Osman must become The SandStorm.

In the tradition of books by Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie, Shadow on the Wall tackles issues of religion, gender, corruption and the basic human condition. Beautiful and challenging, this is not a book to miss.

 

Reviews:

I received a copy of Pavarti K Tyler’s new book entitled “Shadow on the Wall” to review. What I will say to you is this. Buy it. Read it. It was wonderful. Not only was it a page turner that I read in one sitting (something I have not done in a few years), the story lines were well constructed and the dots all amazingly connected. –Naif Al-Mutawa or the99.org

Pavarti K Tyler s Shadow on the Wall, her first book in The SandStorm Chronicles, is a delicious read even as it exposes themes that are difficult to grapple with. Her beautiful and vivid prose places us in a world where we forget ourselves and fall into her characters we love them, we hate them, we understand them, and we are mystified by them. Even as Shadow transports us, once we step back into ourselves we are left thinking about her real-world depictions of religious motivations, corruption, fear, tenacity, and hope. –Jessica Swift Eldridge, editor, publishing consultant, founder of Swift Ink Editorial Services

From the moment I read the first sentence, I could not stop until I finished reading. As an Arab Muslim, I found it refreshing, to finally have someone sharing my cultural background to not be a “terrorist”, but be an actual “hero”. The imperfections of his character are what made him believable to me. We are not perfect, no one is, but he took his imperfections & became a hero for the people, instead of a suicide bomber. If anything, I see him as a metaphor for redemption, I am extremely excited to follow these Chronicles. I have always used to say that “Batman” was my favorite superhero, I have no doubt from this point on, my #1 answer will be “The SandStorm”. –Mosno Al-Moseeki

 

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The Rewind Find of the Day is “In Leah’s Wake” by Terri Giuliano Long!


“In Leah’s Wake”

By Terri Giuliano Long

 

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Description:

The Tylers have a perfect life—beautiful home, established careers, two sweet and talented daughters. Their eldest daughter, Leah, an exceptional soccer player, is on track for a prestigious scholarship. Their youngest, Justine, more responsible than seems possible for her 12 years, just wants her sister’s approval. With Leah nearing the end of high school and Justine a seemingly together kid, the parents are set to enjoy a peaceful life…until everything goes wrong.

As Leah’s parents fight to save their daughter from a world of drugs, sex, and wild parties, their divided approach drives their daughter out of their home and a wedge into their marriage. Meanwhile, twelve-year-old Justine observes her sister’s rebellion from the shadows of their fragmented family—leaving her to question whether anyone loves her and if God even knows she exists.

Can this family survive in Leah’s wake? What happens when love just isn’t enough?

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In Leah’s Wake is an astounding story of a family in transition due to the troubling changes in their daughter Leah. Leah, once captain of the soccer team and an A student has begun a slow downward slide into the dark world of drugs. She has a boyfriend, Todd, who was busted for drugs in the past and who her parents have warned her about, demanding she stay away from him, but their demands, actions and accusations just push her closer and closer to Todd, and deepen her commitment to this troubled man a few years older than she is.

It’s not just Leah’s story, it’s the entire family’s story, showing what Leah’s parents and sister are going through the entire time all of this is going on. There are touching scenes and there are scenes so that leave you aching for the people in them. Leah’s descent into drug abuse, her problems at school and her deteriorating relationship with her family are all told realistically. You don’t have to work hard to enter Will, Zoe, Justine and Leah’s world because of this. You just turn the pages and you’re there with them as they all go through this.

Tracy Riva – Midwest Book Reviews

 

In Leah’s Wake follows teenage Leah as she spirals out of control, dating a guy who’s bad for her, giving up hobbies she loves, allowing her grades to drop, and experimenting with drugs. While the negative impacts of her behaviors, on both her and her family, are obvious, she spins them in a frighteningly almost logical determination that she’s acting more like a grown up and that in making her own decisions she is actually doing what her parents have always wanted. Unfortunately for the Tyler family, Leah’s actions don’t only affect her, but her parents’ marriage, her sister’s reputation, and Leah’s relationship with her family and friends.

From an outside and (arguably) adult perspective, Leah’s attitudes and decisions made me want to alternately shake my head, shake her, smack her, or lock her in her room until she was legal, and could mess up her own life all she wanted… Somewhere else. And you can literally feel the same sense of desperation and uncertainty in her parents and sister as they learn more and more about what she’s been up to. This is especially impressive to me, as I have no experience whatsoever with parenting a teen – yet I felt enough in the story that I completely empathized with Leah’s family. The hardest part, though, was the times throughout the book that Leah realized that these circumstances weren’t what she wanted, but wasn’t strong enough to get herself out of them, despite all of the help available.

In Leah’s Wake is a fantastic depiction of the way families interact, and that no family member lives their life in a vacuum – the decisions of each individual, no matter how much they think only matters to them, will impact the entire family. If you haven’t given this book a try yet, what on earth are you waiting for????

Catherine Coffman – Thinking Cat’s Blog

 

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The Rewind Find of the Day is FREE: The Gaia Wars by Kenneth G. Bennett!

THE GAIA WARS – FREE ON AMAZON, one day only!

Kenneth G. Bennett’s YA fantasy adventure, THE GAIA WARS—the first entry in a new, highly-acclaimed YA series—will be FREE on Amazon one day only: Tuesday, April 10, 2012. http://amzn.to/y7wO6Z

Kirkus Reviews calls The Gaia Wars “A solid first entry of a promising, imaginative new young adult fantasy series featuring a well-crafted character,” and readers agree. As of April 5, 2012, The Gaia Wars and its sequel, Battle for Cascadia, had received 59 reviews on Amazon and 108 reviews on Goodreads, for an average of 4.5 stars.

“Gaia Wars” is amazing. I got sucked into the story within the first five pages and the pace and excitement made it impossible to put down. Kenneth G. Bennett has created a very fresh take on the epic fantasy tale, so if you like Tolkien, CS Lewis, Harry Potter, and other “big” stories, you’ll love “Gaia Wars.”

“I picked this up and literally did not put it down until I’d reached the back cover. Wow, impressive how quickly and deeply you get immersed in “Gaia Wars.” And it’s surprisingly original for the genre. Beautiful language, superb story telling, non-stop action.”

“A mythic story that’s startling and exciting from beginning to end.”

Get your FREE copy of Kenneth G. Bennett’s THE GAIA WARS, today only on Amazon http://amzn.to/y7wO6Z And check out the sequel, BATTLE FOR CASCADIA, here. http://amzn.to/xGC7HQ

 

About The Gaia Wars

Deadly secrets have been buried in the Cascade mountain wilderness for centuries. Hidden. Out of sight and out of mind.

Until today…

Warren Wilkes, age 13, doesn’t like what a greedy housing developer has done to his peaceful mountain community, so he vandalizes the developer’s property, flees into the wild, and stumbles upon an ancient human skeleton revealed by torrential rain. More than old bones have been exposed, however, and the curious artifact Warren finds makes him question his own identity, and his connection to an ancient terror. A terror destined to rise again and annihilate all that Warren loves. He must fight or see his whole world destroyed.

 

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