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Dreaming Of Summer Blog Hop

26 Nov

As an Arizonan by choice I do not dream of summer. I have it ALL year long, or at least the sunshine. But that didn’t stop me from signing up to participate in Dreaming Of Summer Blog Hop organized by Kathy @ I’m A Reader Not A Writer and helped this time by Me, My Shelf and I.

For this hop the one obligatory rule is to host a giveaway for summer/beach read. That simple. Wearing my swim suit, a ton of sunscreen and flip-flops off I went to the beach called Amazon browsing for books. And one of the first books that popped on my browser was… Vlad All Over.

It caught my attention because Vlad is a famous Romanian name (Vlad the Impaler) but also because, in reading its blurb it says the main heroine (an American schoolteacher) goes on a trip to… Romania, the land of Dracula. Wait a minute! I was born and raised in the land of Dracula (and no, I haven’t seen vampires growing up, in case you wondered…). Now with all these tidbits, I had to know more about the book and started reading it through the look inside feature (love Amazon for this!). Needless to say it’s on my TBR list and decided to assign it as the prize for this giveaway.

Based on Amazon Best Seller Rank this book lands at # 11 in Books which means it’s a winner. And the plot happens during summer vacation, which complies with the hop’s rule.

So, for your chance to win an electronic version of Vlad All Over all you have to do is FOLLOW THIS BLOG BY EMAIL by clicking on the button to the right called “Sign me up!” (atop all images) AND leave your answer to the question:

What was your favorite summer read this year?

Mine was The American Sniper by Chris Kyle.

Good luck! 

 

 

 

Book Review–American Sniper by Chris Kyle

1 Oct

The other night, watching the show ‘Stars Earn Stripes’, my son recognized Chris Kyle, the author of The American Sniper, a biography he read for a school assignment. Curious about it, I picked up the book and browsed through it. Needless to say, I finished it in 1 and 1/2 days.

I come from a country where patriotism used to be forced down our throat on a daily basis, a continuous lie the communists told us for generations. The result of it? We all hated it.
After moving to the US I always wondered what drives Americans to stand when the national anthem is played before each game. What unseen force tells them to fly their flag, high on a mast, for the world to see it, for the wind to dance with it. What drives them to enroll in the military, leaving all they love and their family and make the ultimate sacrifice.
Chris Kyle’s autobiography answers to all these questions and more. As Chris explains it, it’s God, country and family. It’s being selfless and the need to protect all that you inherit from your forefathers, believe in, all that you have, and all that you are.
American Sniper is Chris Kyle’s account on the Iraq war where he’s deployed 4 times. To most people one time is more than enough. You serve your country, do your duty the best you can and then return home. But not for Chris. He needed to be there among his fellow countrymen, covering them, taking fire for them and protecting them with his life if it meant that was the last thing he’d do.
What media presented (and I should say manipulated) about the war in Iraq is by far different than Chris’ view on it. We American’s didn’t go there to, as Chris says, “bring democracy to Iraq”. We went there to protect fellow countrymen, fight for our country not Iraq. It’s a war that politicians deemed necessary, not our soldiers. They only followed orders.
As a kid Chris had always dreamt to join the military. A dream he’d fulfilled, lived and finally shared memories of it by writing this biography. It’s written from Chris’ point of view, concise and detailed, a progressive narration of war seen through a soldier’s eyes. From time to time his wife Taya pitched in, giving us an insight of what a family goes through while their loved ones is at war, the constant fear, the anguish, the frustrations. The biography tells untold stories of unknown heroes. It doesn’t sugarcoat, doesn’t use fancy words and artistic scenes. There’s nothing artistic about the war.
Like you and I doing our job, that’s what Chris did: his job. People might or might not agree with his cold-blooded attitude toward the people he killed. But before you throw that stone let me ask you something: if you disagree with Chris why didn’t you stand to protect this country?
God Bless America!

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Stuck in a Good Book Giveaway Hop

19 Sep

How many times did you pick a book and couldn’t put it down? How many times did your family go without dinner because you were so caught up in a book that cooking was as far out of your mind as galaxies away from Terra? How many times you went to work the next day without a second of sleep because you had to find out the end of a book?

Well, it’s time to celebrate those books. Those books that even years later you remember them as if you just finished them yesterday. The celebration comes with the Stuck in a Good Book Giveaway Hop hosted by Kathy @ I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Valerie from Stuck in Books.  It runs from September 20th to 25th with the winner announcement on September 26th

I could give away so many books, but those would be my favorites (this year alone I fell in love with Souls In Peril by Sherry Gammon, Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, American Sniper by Chris Kyle, iFeel by Marissa Carmel, to name a few). But to make it exciting for my readers instead of books I’ll give away a $10.00 Amazon gift card or any book from Book Depository of equal value ($10.00).

To win this prize become a friend on Goodreads and leave a comment with the title of one of those books you couldn’t put down.

Happy hopping!