Aoleon The Martian Girl Part 5: The Great Pyramid of Cydonia by Brent LeVasseur @aoleontmg @iReadBookTours #martiangirl​ #scifi​

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Rating: five-stars

Aoleon The Martian Girl PART 5Aoleon The Martian Girl Part 5: The Great Pyramid of Cydonia by Brent LeVasseur

Aoléon, Gilbert, Bizwat, Helios, and Zoot make it to their final destination – Cydonia where Aoléon’s parents are being held captive. They infiltrate a secret underground base and are confronted by a small army of sentrybots.

Bizwat lends Aoléon and Gilbert some of his advanced combat skills via a psionic brain dump. However, this may not be enough to save them from overwhelming hostile forces that will do anything to stop them.

They finally meet Pax – the Martian who originally set them out on the mission to discover the truth about the Luminon and his plans to invade Earth. However Pax is not who he seems to be, and through a turn of events, they uncover the true power behind all that has been happening on Mars.

Will they be able to rescue Aoléon’s parents and save Earth from invasion?

Read part 5 to find out!


My Thoughts

Aoleon The Martian Girl Part 5: The Great Pyramid of Cydonia by Brent LeVasseur is another top-notch entry in this amazing middle grade sci-fi adventure. I totally love this series. I can hardly believe this is the end! This is one of those series that you just wish would never end.

In part 5, The Great Pyramid of Cydonia, the author introduces us to even more new creatures and a rousing adventure. In this series, each book is truly better than the one before it, even though it doesn’t seem possible. The illustrations are absolutely outstanding. I cannot imagine reading this book without the author’s gorgeous illustrations. I’ve found myself looking at the books in this series more than once just to really explore the graphics.

The author has written a wonderful tale, spanning five beautiful books. The conclusion in part 5 managed to surprise and delight me. Hats off to the author for his wonderful words and amazing illustrations. A job well done. I would love to see the Aoleon series made into a TV show or movie! I know my kids would love that, too.

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​About​ the Author

Brent LeVasseur
Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

Connect with Brent: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Aoléon: The Martian Girl

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Right Next Door by A.J. Pryor – Cover Reveal + Giveaway

Right Next Door by A.J. Pryor
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Day: June 30th

My fiancé is officially a married man. The only problem is that he isn’t married to me. . .

Addison Peacock has been stuck in the same seaside town her entire life. When her college boyfriend proposes the night before graduation, she can finally see the future she’d always dreamt about. But the sudden illness of her father causes her to put that future on hold, and her soon-to-be husband leaves, with nothing but a promise that one day he’ll return.

Now, five years later, he’s kept that promise. There’s only one problem . . . he’s already married. Crushed twice by the same man, Addison needs a distraction, someone to get her back on her feet and mend her broken heart. As luck would have it, Damian Walker has just moved in next door.

Having rebuilt his own life after a drunk driver stole his career, his heart . . . everything, Damian knows what it’s going to take to get Addison’s life back on track. But he’s not going to be anyone’s rebound. His life is complicated . . . there’s no room for one-night stands. Until Addison knows what she’s looking for, neighbors are all they’ll ever be.

One shared wall, two sun-kissed balconies, and a chance at love…a twist of fate. Could the possibility of a future be right next door?

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Balance Project Giveaway – Ends 6/10/15

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Desire Me Now by Tiffany Clare – Excerpt + Giveaway

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.


DESIRE ME NOWDesire Me Now by Tiffany Clare
Desire Me #1
Released May 5, 2015
Avon Impulse

When Amelia Grant’s past catches up with her and threatens to destroy the life she’s built, Nick Riley doesn’t hesitate to protect her.

With just one look Nick completely undoes her. He wanted her surrender and she all but threw it at his feet. She’s revealed her darkest secrets . . . let him into her heart as he drew her deeper into forbidden games of desire . . .

But what happens when Nick’s secrets can destroy the very foundation they’ve build between each other? Will he let Amelia through the barriers of his past? Or will the truth tear them apart?

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Vengeful in Love by Nadia Lee – Spotlight @nadialee

by Nadia Lee

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Billionaires in Love Book 1

Revenge is sweet…

Self-made billionaire Alex Damon wants his pound of flesh from the people who ripped his family apart. When he discovers his enemies’ daughter is working at his company — and most likely spying for them–he decides to start his revenge by seducing her.

Natalie Hall is stunned at the personal interest from the CEO of her company. Vulnerable, with an already bruised heart, she wants to avoid any involvement–but she can’t deny the desire he arouses in her.

….but love is sweeter…

What should’ve been a straightforward eye-for-an-eye starts to unravel as Natalie’sunflinching loyalty and kindness begin to thaw Alex’s cold intent. But caring for heris unthinkable…since he plans to use everything in his power to ruin her family and everyone else she holds dear.

NOTE: Previously published as Carnal Secrets.

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About Nadia Lee


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nadia Lee writes sexy, emotional contemporary romance. Born with a love for excellent food, travel and adventure, she has lived in four different countries, kissed stingrays, been bitten by a shark, ridden an elephant and petted tigers. Currently, she shares a condo overlooking a small river and sakura trees in Japan with her husband and son. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading books by her favorite authors or planning another trip.

TMNT Juniors Pajamas Giveaway – Ends 6/17/15

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Welcome to the TMNT Juniors Pajamas Giveaway Event!

Brooke Blogs is so excited to share this TMNT Juniors Pajamas Giveaway! I know my tween daughter would love to have some TMNT pajamas. She and her friends would have a blast wearing these at one of the many sleepovers that will be happening this summer. :) Heck, even I would love a pair of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pajamas. There’s just something awesome about fun pj’s that remind you of your childhood. Who would you like to win the TMNT Juniors Pajamas Giveaway for?

Richard Leeds International has come out with a line of cute and cheeky pajamas featuring everyone’s 4 favorite turtles, just in time for summer sleepovers! Holly from Southern Mom Loves reviewed one of their designs here, check that out and then enter to win in this huge, mega-awesome giveaway!

There are 3 designs in PJ sets (tops and bottoms sold separately) and 3 dorm shirt designs, all featuring the lovable TMNT from Nickelodeon. You can find these PJs exclusively at Walmart in-store (you can find them in the sleepwear section) and online at!

15 WINNERS will each receive both a pair of PJs AND a Dorm Shirt from Richard Leeds International! Each winner will be sent a set of pajamas AND a dorm shirt in a randomly chosen TMNT design (shown above), in their size as they state it in the Giveaway Tools widget below.

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Going Against the Grain by Nuccia Ardagna – Cookbook Review + Guest Post + Giveaway @bloggerforwomen @NouveauWriter #glutenfreerecipes #Celiacdisease

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Rating: four-stars

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Going Against the GrainGoing Against the Grain by Nuccia Ardagna

This two-part book is a vital adjunct to any home attempting to be gluten-free. The first part guides you through early diagnosis and is an essential guide for any beginner diagnosed with celiac disease or some form of gluten sensitivity. You will learn how to identify symptoms of the disease, how celiac disease is diagnosed, and the consequences if left untreated. It will help you to understand how to read labels and how to manage your gluten-free home in a shared environment. It outlines practical advice for parents of children with celiac disease as well as tips for eating out and dealing with social settings such as special occasions or when traveling. Honorary foreword provided by renowned Dr. Peter HR Green, MD – Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University.

Growing up authentically Sicilian, Nuccia Ardagna thought that getting rid of gluten meant giving up her favorite traditional foods, but that could not be further from the truth! Nuccia combines her passion for eating amazingly Italian with her new dietary needs to bring you scrumptious, traditional Italian (and Sicilian) recipes. From simple, classic appetizers to decadent desserts you thought you could never enjoy, every recipe is easy-to-follow and offers beautiful full-color pictures throughout. You can feel confident about entertaining guests and family with these mouth-watering recipes. You can eat healthier, feel better, and truly enjoy living gluten-free while never having to sacrifice great taste! In this book, Nuccia not only shares her personal story with celiac disease but also the recipes she grew up with at home and uses to entertain guests. Look for the bonus section at the end of the book along with a section dedicated to her favorite links and resources.

We hope you enjoy the book and find it helpful in your journey.


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Hurricane Kingdom by Herbert L. Smith – Guest Post

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sample cover1Hurricane Kingdom by Herbert L. Smith
A Starfire Mystery Volume 3

The Hog Ranch near Hillville, Iowa, is a notorious place. All kinds of illegal ‘business’ prospers there. It’s a known hideout for the criminal element, and its proximity to Omaha is a major plus for the goings-on inside – and outside as well. The sturdy old log structure sits along the shoreline of the Missouri River; that mighty waterway flows just steps outside the back door and provides a good place to dispose of dead bodies. Set in the middle of the 1950’s, the tale of Hurricane Kingdom – who seems (at first) a minor character in the entire scheme of things – twists and forks along the muddy trails of the riverbank behind the Hog Ranch with its gambling Cellar, gigantic barroom, and a well-populated House on the top floor.

The quiet and somewhat dull town of Hillville is nearby but also a world away, exactly as the town and the Ranch both want it to be. Guy LeFevere and Caleb Starfire, the men who shoulder the burdens of the Starfire Detective agency, share the responsibilities of policing the town as well as all of Bogger County with an inept, portly and rather absurd sheriff, Fred Baylor. It’s a mixed match-up, but despite all the fuming and fumbling of the dull-witted sheriff, the detectives prevail, and more often than not the criminal element is subdued or eventually rendered harmless – and sometimes actually imprisoned. Frequently, however, the criminals inflict their deadly punishments upon each other. The 1950’s shine through the novel and offer a fun-filled romp through Hillville and its environs, creating renewed memories for those who survived that time, and a lesson in human history for those who missed all the fun.


Herbert L. Smith is here at Brooke Blogs today with an interesting guest post. He is sharing some of his life story about growing up in Iowa as an introduction to his books. Thank you so much for the guest post, Herbert.

It might seem a little egocentric to write about myself so much on these guest posts, but after thinking about it, I decided that these posts could add something to the books by making my own early life a mirror of the times I’ve written about in the Starfire Mystery Series.

I was born in 1939, in a tiny house out in the country south of Glenwood, Iowa – Hillville in the books – on the first day of July, during a major flood of the Missouri River. The great waterway normally flowed along about a mile from that house. But as the days passed, the river enlarged and encroached on the house; the family had to flee in a farm wagon pulled by horses. They plodded through the waters for about two miles to get to the hills on the east side of the ‘river bottom’ as the wide, flat flood plain was called. Then the water rolled higher, inundating the little house for several days.

There was a lot of other intrigue at my birth, which I won’t go into now, but it couldn’t have been a secure time for my mother, and my older sisters felt the anxiety as well. Father, I’m sure, did much the same things then as he always did. He worked as hard as he could and left the rest to fate. Fate was kinder to him after that, at least for a few months.

The life of a hired farm hand was hard, and there was very little money. The great depression still held that part of the country in its grip. My parents were proud that they had gone only once to the welfare office to collect ‘commodities,’ as free food was called then, and they managed to take care of their offspring on their own the rest of the time.

The family moved from place to place for farm work, the only thing my father wanted to do, although it wasn’t plentiful except at certain seasons of the year. A few years earlier, before they had a family, my parents lived at the ‘Hog Ranch.’ the establishment featured in this book. My mother was always afraid of the place, as she told us later, so they left after a few months.

As I prepared to write this story, I checked the Hog Ranch out on the internet. It is and was a real place, and according to a news story that just came online a few months ago, it was purpose-built in 1900 to house a barroom, a gambling ‘den,’ and a brothel upstairs! There was also a horse-racing track on the premises, which brought in even more of a criminal element, according to the article. (I used ‘author privilege’ to juggle the timeline a bit for my book.) It was all illegal, of course, but lawmen were lax about that kind of thing at the time. In the 1920’s, during prohibition, the place was closed. It later sold to a couple of farmers who opened the Hog Ranch, but it was never a rousing success, and changed hands many times. It’s currently for sale again.

About the Author

123Herb Smith, the author of eight books and counting, is a native of Glenwood, Iowa, the town that is the prototype for Hillville, which is featured in the Starfire Mystery Series. He has memories of people and events that stretch back to the 1940’s, and his memory is not only long, but detailed as well.

He has recreated the Iowa of his youth in the Starfire Mystery Series. (This is the third book in the series.) The stories are all set in the 1950’s, something of an American Golden Age, and the joys and struggles of life, along with the murders, are evident as the reader becomes ever more beguiled by that world.

Smith’s own life has included places far flung from Southwestern Iowa: Egypt and the Middle East, Argentina, Idaho, and even exotic central California, where he spent thirty five years (except for the time he was working outside the U. S.)

He is a musician – mostly church music – and has worked in all kinds of churches as organist, sometimes doubling as choir master as well. He also taught English as a Foreign Language in California Universities and other schools around the world. Currently, he lives the retired life in Eugene, Oregon, with his wife, Glenda. Their daughter Melanie and her husband William live and work in the San Francisco Bay Area. Theirs is a small but closely linked family, and they spend holidays and many other times together. They don’t have dogs, but Pippa, the colossal cat, reigns unquestionably in her California home.

Smith’s future remains bright. A new series, called the Quest Samson Mystery Series (based in Eugene), is in the works, as well as other unusual but interesting book projects, and he is considering some musical compositions that will add to his artistic credentials.


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I’m really excited to share the FAITH Christian Jewelry Giveaway here on Brooke Blogs. I checked out their website and found so many beautiful items! I know where I’ll be going to get gifts for my grandma and for my friend. There are several wonderful items I would love to have myself, as well. Be sure to check FAITH Christian Jewelry out online. Keep reading to win a $25 gift certificate in the FAITH Christian Jewelry Giveaway. There will be two winners!

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#FightAcne Giveaway – Ends 6/19/15

Acne is something many of us dealt with as teens but a lot of people are still dealing with adult acne also. For women it can be tough because of all the constant changes in our bodies and hormones. If you’ve been dealing with your own personal acne battle we’re inviting you to join the #FightAcne Twitter Party on June 18th at 1pm Est Sponsored by illuMask. We’re also giving our lucky readers a chance to enter our #FightAcne giveaway below.

I don’t suffer from acne anymore (thank goodness!) buy my tween daughter does. We have tried many different products, but nothing seems to work long term. She runs cross country and track, so she spends most days of the year hot and sweaty – add that to the fact that she is going through puberty, and acne is a given. I’m going to be attending the #FightAcne twitter party, and I hope you will, too! Check out the twitter party info below, rsvp, and then be sure to enter the #FightAcne Giveaway. Good luck!

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