Between Heather and Grass: #Poems and #Photographs Filled with Love, Hope and Whippets by Xenia Tran @WhippetHaiku

Author: Xenia Tran

Published: November 2019 by Holistic Linguistics

Category: Creative Non Fiction, Poetry, Photography, Verse, Book Review

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Welcome to Between Heather and Grass – Poems Filled with Love, Hope and Whippets, our beautiful, soulful sequel to Sharing Our Horizon and our second book for whippet lovers, dog lovers and lovers of nature. The book features poetry, breathtaking photographs of the Scottish Highlands, and our two adopted whippets Eivor and Pearl. The majority of the poems are haiku, haibun and tanka, written in rhythm with the seasons. The poems and photographs illuminate each other and are both calming and inspiring, inviting you to dip into this collection many times over.

Between Heather and Grass is Xenia Tran’s second book of verse, complete with photographs of the spectacular scenery of the Scottish Highlands and not forgetting her two gorgeous rescue whippets. The complementary poetry and photos capture the majesty of the Highlands, showcasing the mountains, glens, lochs, forests and the beautiful beaches that Eivor and Pearl enjoy exploring. Visually satisfying and inspiring, with spiritual connotations, this is a book to pick up again and again.

If you’re a poetry, nature and/or animal lover this book is a must…one to appreciate by dipping into or enjoying in one sitting, with verses such as this…

‘the flow
of black rock and turquoise waves
ocean’s beauty
between us on the shore
the memories keep growing.’

And including the beautiful and moving dedication to Jamie, Message From The Stars.

As with the first book, a percentage will be shared with specific charities. Thirty per cent of net profits from the sale of this book will be shared with Children with Cancer UK ( who are investing heavily in research for better and kinder treatments for children), in memory of a young family member. Another thirty per cent of net profits will be shared with animal rehoming charities.

About the Author

Xenia Tran is an artist, linguist and poet who lives in the Scottish Highlands with her husband and two adopted whippets. Her poetry has appeared on television, in online journals, anthologies and magazines and features on her blogs ‘Whippet Wisdom – A Highland Journey’ and ‘Tranature – Quiet Moments in Nature’.
She publishes her collections in aid of good causes.
‘Between Heather and Grass – Poems and Photographs Filled with Love, Hope and Whippets’ is available from Amazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones  

This book is especially created to help raise funds for Children with Cancer UK, in memory of her nephew Jamie Baker and in support of animal rehoming charities.

Xenia’s social media ~ WhippetWisdom | Tranature | Twitter

A Song for Bill Robinson by C.E. Atkins ~ #YoungAdult Fiction #BookReview @Chanatkins @rararesources #TuesdayBookBlog

Welcome to my stop on the 5 day mini blog blitz for A Song For Bill Robinson, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.

My Thoughts

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Fire in The Thatch: A Devon Mystery by E.C.R. Lorac ~ British Library #CrimeClassics #PoliceProcedural #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: E.C.R. Lorac

Published: February 2018 by The British Library Publishing Division

Category: Classic Crime, Police Procedural, Historical, Book Review

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The Second World War is drawing to a close. Nicholas Vaughan, released from the army after an accident, takes refuge in Devon renting a thatched cottage in the beautiful countryside at Mallory Fitzjohn. Vaughan sets to work farming the land, rearing geese and renovating the cottage. Hard work and rural peace seem to make this a happy bachelor life. 

The first few chapters build characterisations, mostly through dialogue, giving a good indication of people’s personalities and viewpoints. This approach means the main point of the story is reached with fairly well fleshed out characters, which worked well.

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Love Potions and Other Calamities by Charlie Laidlaw ~ A Comic Tale of #Love, #Mystery & Mayhem @claidlawauthor #BookReview

Author: Charlie Laidlaw

Published: November 2019 by Headline Accent

Category: Mystery, Humour, Romance, Herbalism, Drama, Book Review

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Rosie McLeod, pub proprietor and a gifted herbalist of local renown, is thirty-nine and holding, but only just. The talons of her fortieth birthday are in her back and her bloody, bloody husband hasn’t laid a lustful hand on her for months.

Readers can always expect something out of the ordinary with Charlie Laidlaw’s books. Love Potions and Other Calamities is no exception. Each chapter begins with a snippet from The Book of Secrets by Albertus Magnus, 13th century scientist, theologian and philosopher, which relates to the story. 

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The Light in the Hallway by @MrsAmandaProwse ~ A moving story of starting over #ContemporaryFiction #FridayReads #BookReview

Author: Amanda Prowse

Published: November 2019 by Lake Union Publishing

Category: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Book Review

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When Nick’s wife Kerry falls ill and dies, he realises for the first time how fragile his happiness has always been, and how much he’s been taking his good life and wonderful family for granted. Now, he suddenly finds himself navigating parenthood alone, unsure how to deal with his own grief, let alone that of his teenage son, Olly.

The Light in the Hallway begins by giving the reader a glimpse of ten year old Nick and his two best friends, Alex and Eric, before returning to the present where Nick’s wife, Kerry, is terminally ill. He is trying to persuade their son, Oliver, to go to the hospice with him for what would be the last time.

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☃️❄️Christmas at Frozen Falls ❄️☃️ by Kiley Dunbar ~ A cosy, heart-warming #romcom to curl up with @KileyDunbar

Author: Kiley Dunbar

Published: September 2019 by Hera

Category: Festive, Romance, Contemporary, Fiction, Book Review

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Sylvie Magnusson is going to be lonely this Christmas. Instead of jetting off for her honeymoon, she’s freezing at home in Cheshire. Guess that’s what happens when your fiancé dumps you a week before your wedding…

I reckon Sylvie had a lucky escape when Cole dumped her a week before their wedding. I’m not sure how she stuck with him during their ten year engagement, to be honest, especially given his behaviour and with what would have been the mother-in-law from hell. But still, Sylvie didn’t relish the prospect of a miserable Christmas alone instead of honeymooning in newly wedded bliss on Mauritius.

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#BookReview ~ Shadow Moon: Book VI of the Huntress/FBI Thrillers by @AlexSokoloff #Crime #Thriller #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Alexandra Sokoloff

Performed by RC Bray, Rinelle Harkin, Casey Turner, Meghan Kelly.

Released on Audible: October 2019

Category: Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Audiobook, Book Review

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Mass killer Cara Lindstrom is in the wind, after a deadly encounter which leaves FBI Special Agent Antara Singh questioning her own sanity and fitness to serve. ASAC Matthew Roarke exiles Singh to Portland to work as an assistant to his old mentor, retiring profiler Chuck Snyder—but a series of mysterious break-ins alerts Singh and Snyder to an active threat revolving around an old case: a series of brutal murders of homeless teenagers on the streets of Portland and Seattle.

The story begins in the present, following on immediately from Hunger Moon, with FBI Special Agent Antara Singh bound, drugged and blindfolded…alone in the deserted and derelict hotel except for the carnage left behind…to hide the fact she was complicit in what happened. 

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Trouble at Clenchers Mill by @DianaJFebry ~ Somebody wants Richard Fielding dead #Contemporary #CozyMystery #RBRT

Author: Diana J Febry

Kindle Edition

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Cozy Mystery, Book Review

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Somebody wants Richard Fielding dead.

Richard was looking forward to making a fresh start with his new wife, Alicia when they moved into Clenchers Mill. Then the attacks started.

Simon Morris had befriended Kate Chapman when Kate was going through a bad patch following the death of her husband, and has offered her the use of the granny flat at his farmhouse for as long as she likes.

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Christmas Cupcakes & A Caper (Death By Cupcakes #4) by @denaehaggerty #BookReview for #RBRT A Culinary #CozyMystery

Author: D.E. Haggerty

Kindle Edition

Category: Cozy Mystery, Book Review

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It’s all candy cane cupcakes and peppermint coffee until you find a dead elf on your doorstep. 

Only the elf wasn’t a real elf, because elves don’t actually exist – not even at Christmas time. A college student dressed like an elf decided taking a nap on the stoop of Callie’s Cakes in sub-zero winter temps was a good idea. It wasn’t.

Christmas Cupcakes & a Caper is another humorous adventure in the cozy mystery series starring Callie, Anna and Kristie from Callie’s Cakes.

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The Nine: The Judas Files #1 A Gritty #UrbanFantasy by C.G. Harris ~ Gabe is dead…and lives in Hell @MacLeodAndrews #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: C.G. Harris

Performed by MacLeod Andrews

Category: Urban Fantasy, Audiobook, Book Review

Released on Audible: September 2019

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Gabe is recruited to join the most dangerous organization the world has never heard about. As a double agent he has to fight within their ranks to stop them, all with no training, no experience and no support. If he’s caught, they will tear him apart. But that’s not the real twist. 

Gabe is dead, he lives in Hell and Judas Iscariot just became his new boss. 

For his sins Gabriel Gantry is condemned to life in The Nine, the lowest level of Hell which contains the worst humanity has to offer.

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