Sunday, November 30, 2014

Jacqueline's review of OLD MAC DONALD MEETS SANTA

The author and creator of this darling video book is a friend of mine on facebook, and shared the link with me.  I love it!  Gave me a much needed smile on a day when I needed it badly.  

I'm so very familiar with the Old MacDonald song, but Papa Stas puts a delightful new twist on the song.  

Share this with your kids of all ages, as I'm sure everyone will enjoy the story.  
Thanks Papa Stas!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Jacqueline reviews A Christmas Fling -and- An Evergreen Wedding

Both books Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- A Christmas Fling by Beth Barany

Get it on Amazon

My overall star rating -- from 1-5 -- 5

My review:
Just a wonderful Christmas read, or any time of the year for that matter.  I so very much enjoyed this book.  The author has crafted a wonderful tale that will just suck you in and hold your interest to the last.  This is one you'll want to re-read again.  Well worth getting.  I loved it!


Book Review of -- An Evergreen Wedding by Tanya Goodwin

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My overall star rating -- from 1-5 -- 5

My review:
Love this book, absolutely wonderful.  A great read for any time of the year.  Love the story and the characters.  Author Tanya Goodwin has done a bang-up great job on this book!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Come celebrate during our anniversary event

Hello everyone,
Jacqueline here,

This blog has been in existence since September of 2011.  I posted my first book review in September of 2012.  In January of 2013, it gave birth to another blog of mine - The Book News Journal.  In December 2013/January 2014, I started the work to add a review team to my blog.  Also, during this year, the name changed from JD's Leisure Zone to The Leisure Zone. 

But all during this time, I've never had an anniversary.  And I thought it was time.  Originally I had planned on this only being an anniversary event for The Leisure Zone, but then I realized that The Book News Journal was due one too.

So here it is:

And here's the event link on facebook:

We also have a form up for authors and other book related folks, who might want to host an hour during the event.  Here's the link for that:

So we sincerely hope you come join us in the celebration.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Jacqueline's review of Salted by Aaron Galvin

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- Salted by Aaron Galvin

My overall star rating -- from 1-5 -- 5

About the book:
Life isn’t better under the sea.
Lenny Dolan is all too familiar with this reality. A Selkie slave in the realm beneath the waves, he has no choice when charged with leading a crew ashore to capture an elusive runaway. If unsuccessful, the loved ones kept behind will pay for his failure with their lives.
But when their target leads Lenny and his crew to deeper, darker secrets, the Selkies are faced with a moral dilemma. Secure their own freedom at the expense of others, or return empty-handed to face the grisly consequences?
How Lenny and his crew answer the question will teach them the harshest truth of all. Only through the loss of innocence does one become Salted.

Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 30 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

My 5 point review:
-1- This is a very good book, and very well written.  I enjoyed it a lot.
-2- There is a somewhat sad note that runs throughout the book, but it totally works with the storyline; and enhances the story.  
-3- It doesn't have a particularly happy ending for much of anyone in the book, but there is a sequel coming.
-4- The author manages a wide cast of characters very well, and it is the characters that keep you reading.  They're very memorable, and ones you will want to get to know better.
-5- It's a very unique and imaginative story idea.  I enjoyed it very much.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- fantasy, science fiction, paranormal
Age recommendations -- 17 and up
Sex content rating -- minimal
Violence rating -- moderate

Coming Nov. 24th - the sequel -
Taken With A Grain of Salt

Anyone can be taken - a simple truth for Salt folk, a stark reality for innocent teens Garrett Weaver and Kellen Winstel. Kidnapped by Selkie slave catchers and dragged into the realm beneath the waves, both teens must adapt to their new surroundings if they hope to see the shore again. Yet even if they escape their captors, both will need to embrace their fears. For darker things than Selkies lurk in the Salted depths and not all of them have pure intentions for the innocent ones brought down into their watery world.

Review of the sequel coming.  
-- jd --