Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Theresa is an oracle

I enjoyed this book. In no nonsense fashion, Theresa Caputo demystifies angels and the after life. Her reaffirming optimism is both refreshing and infectious. As you read her book, layers of what separates and complicates life, disappear and the basic rules of humanity take its place. She urges society to strip away its cynicism, do the right thing and let our "inner" angel glow and grow. Yes, we all have a bit of stardust in our hearts, that grows stronger as we learn to accept it and move in the right direction. She makes sense. I have seen Theresa, had a reading, and it changed my life. If goodness is an energy, then Theresa is filled with it. This book may have opened my eyes about a lot of things, but more importantly, it healed my heart.

Happy Reading,
Carole P. Roman

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Brilliant biography of Joan of Arc

Lovingly documented biography of Joan of Arc. From the very first chapter Kathryn Harrison debunks myths and demystifies Joan's life by describing 15th century France and how external events shaped the Maid of Orleans's outlook. I was surprised to learn of Joan's not so humble, but rather middle class background. Harrison weaves a stunning tapestry of her life, by blending in the religious, political, and social aspects. Each chapter builds the outline of a quiet girl until she matures into an extraordinary figure prepared to sacrifice anything for her calling. Harrison captures the astounding courage and determination of a teenager willing to risk everything, from her very life to her immortal soul by breaking every social and religious code. She also discusses the many ways Joan has been portrayed throughout history, her narrative exposing the difference between fiction and fantasy. Fascinating and compelling, it a stunning study of a extraordinary teenager who bucked authority and stayed true to her heart.

Happy Reading!
Carole P. Roman

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Great book, great characters, great writing...

Joanna Bourne does not write typical romance books. She captures the flavor of an age, the essence of danger, then lures you into a twisty, winding road of a tale, that captures all of your interest and refuses to let you go. Thomas Paxton and Camille Leyland are survivors of the revolution, trained as children to the infamous Cache, a secret school for children to be trained in the art of subterfuge and espionage. A chance meeting brings this combustible pair together where they must set aside their distrust and recapture the loyalties of their youth that bind them. Camille is being blackmailed, and Thomas is torn by both his need to protect her, as well as the new country he has betrayed. This is romance for grown ups, without simpering misses, and silly plots. Don't expect stale cake of Almacks and bored aristocrats. In James Bond fashion, the heroes are almost indistinguishable from the villains. London is gritty, the players experienced in the art of spying. I loved this book. In a sea of boring Regency romps, this stands out like tiger lily among the daisies. Joanna Bourne's books keep you reading all night long, because you can't put down the book. Her stories are never predictable. I keep checking Amazon for her next publication. Keep writing, Joanna! You have saved me from giving up the genre.

Happy Reading! 
Carole P. Roman

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NEW Giveaway!

I recently published new books for my "Captain No Beard" series and "If You Were Me and Lived In..." series. These two series teach important life's lessons and help children to imagine places and things outside of their own space.

Captain No Beard and his crew of loyal pirates heave anchor for another adventure, this time in the icy waters of the Arctic. Captain No Beard's steering a course due north, sailing by the light of the North Star. Everyone on the crew wonders what the captain's up to, especially as he gets embarrassed when they ask. When the captain finally admits his plan, the crew discovers he plans to steal the aurora borealis, the beautiful northern lights that brighten the arctic sky. They're all shocked. They may be pirates, but even they know stealing is bad. Besides, how can anyone steal the lights from the sky? A charming, engaging tale about doing what's right.

 In If You Were Me and Lived in…Greece , early learners get a taste of what their life would be like if they lived in Greece while being introduced to the birthplace of democracy. This book is the latest installment of the educational series about the cultures of the world that speaks to young children about the topics that interest them, such as the foods people eat, the names of boys and girls, and the activities that children their age living in a foreign land are likely to engage in. This exciting visit to Greece also introduces the important concept of democracy to children and highlights some of the other cultural contributions that Greece has made to Western civilization. Basic information is offered in a playful way that won’t overwhelm children.
Carole P. Roman is giving away a Kindle copy of each of these books and $200 Amazon to one very lucky winner. If you would like to win this, enter in the Rafflecopter below for your chance.
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This giveaway is open from October 28th at Midnight MST to Nov. 5th Midnight MST. This giveaway is open worldwide. Winner will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter and must respond to an email sent within 48 hours or forfeit prize.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Scientific and well thought out book

Really well thought out novel that deals with many issues from the quest for answers to the morality of changing human nature. Lawrence Lapin clearly knows what he's talking about when he tackles disease, genetics, and our impact on the earth. Although the characters feel vaguely stereotyped, there is action, adventure, the romance of a deeply rooted marriage, and the question of ethics all crafted into one storyline. It had the same feel of a Dirk Pitt (Clive Cussler) storyline, but with a lot more information. A deep read for those whose interests lie in the direction of what could happen when we tamper with humanity.

Happy Reading!
Carole P. Roman

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Enjoyable Ah Ha moment!

Jack Mack knows how to tell a story. With just one word, or really a sound, he relates all the different ways the frog uses it to tease, be scared, and finally find relief. We had a great time reading it, and the beauty of the book is once the child knows the word, they can read it too. We had fun trying to decide which type of Ah Ha moment little frog was having.

Happy Reading!
Carole P. Roman

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Perfect bag for holding a manduka

This is a fantastic, high quality yoga mat bag! I love it. It's not only large enough to hold my manduka mat but the straps feel durable and strong enough that they won't break. I also love the air-holes on the side so that the mat can breathe. I will definitely be referring my colleagues and students to purchase this bag. 

Disclosure: Item received in exchange for an honest review.