October 20, 2011

Review of The Promise of Deer Run

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Elaine Cooper has written the second of three romantic historical novels. The Promise of Deer Run is number two. Her blog tour will be Nov 7 – 11. My review follows:

Title: The Promise of Deer Run

Author: Elaine Marie Cooper

Publisher: iUniverse

Copyright: 2011

ISBN: 978-1-4620-3796-4 (3797-1, 3798-8)

Format: Paperback

Genre: Historical romance


“The nightmare was
back, plaguing Nathaniel Stearns sleep.”

War indeed is a nightmare and when the enemy is your former
countrymen, it’s worse. Thus we start our journey through family’s lives at the
end of the American Revolution. This is not your typical war or typical romance
novel. It is fiction based fact and well written. As Elaine Cooper writes, you
the reader are in the story. Imagine being put in stocks for being mildly
disobedient. This incident is not glossed over but shown with stark detail.
Hungry? Need to use the facilities?


We have just covered the first twenty or so pages. The
details have been deeply researched. ‘The Promise of Deer Run’ is the second of
three in the series. It is here we understand the family structure. Working
together as a family wasn’t a desire so much as a vital necessity. ‘The Promise
of Deer Run’ has as much history as it does romance.


It is a book I strongly recommend because too many modern
Americans have lost sight of what makes this country great. We see movies about
this country’s beginning but in ‘The Promise of Deer Run’, we get a close up
view of the families; their struggles and their accomplishments. Have you read
The Declaration of Independence lately? You’ll want to after your first read of
this book.

September 10, 2011

Why do we love disaster?

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Why do people love chaos?

I have yet to understand why people love disaster. I don’t mean movies; I am referring to real events. If something good happens, it’s “Hurrah”, then it’s never mentioned again. But, if something bad happens, we relive it over and over again. 9/11 is a prime example.

It happened, we can’t change it. Get over it! That won’t happen. We will see the pictures and videos for the next twenty years. Excuse me but I don’t need to see it all the time, everywhere I look. It’s on television and the internet. Why it happened is obvious. No, it was not to ‘warn’ us. It was not to show we could be attacked. It was to pull us into another war.

Just to keep everyone angry at people of a different religion, we will keep seeing the images. We will continue to fear every stranger. Why? Why can’t we just promote peace and getting along? Every war has always been about religion. Yes it was about control and wanting to rule the world. But that was based on the warring parties disagreeing on what is the true belief. Only true Germans belong in this world, or Muslims don’t believe in the right things.

Come on people; let the other guy believe what they want. Quit squabbling over petty issues. Every belief, every religion, has its own dogma. No one is right, period. I thought this country was founded on diversity. It isn’t that way anymore. Now it’s re-live every disaster and rekindle the hatred. There is no valid reason for this.  

Sorry, but this is my point of view and at least I can still write about it. How hard is it for other governments to allow this same privilege?


April 17, 2011

Easter Secrets

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As Amanda and Alex were walking through the woods, they happened to pass Harley’s big tree. Harley was the master owl and he ran the forest newspaper. All the news fit for the animal kingdom he would always say. He made sure the paper came out once a month to keep the kritters informed of the good news as well as the human element. That is how everybody knew it was time to find a new home when the humans decided to build the housing development.


Since he traveled mostly at night, he could check the very early editions of the town paper. He also learned that only part of the forest would be used and the rest would be protected. He made sure everyone knew about the upcoming construction, but he also pointed out the fact that the humans valued the forest and the animals.


“Amanda, look at this!! Harley just issued a special edition of the Leaves and Grass Gazette.”


“Wow!! Our very own Rabbit got to travel with the Easter Bunny!!”


Indeed, Koko’s family was getting around. It was well known that Koko used to be Easter Bunny’s sidekick, but had to retire. Rabbit was offered a chance to ride and this was big news! Amanda read the headline, then opened the paper to see the whole story.






Sometimes Koko’s rabbit would tell her stories. But some of them were just totally outrageous! Many years in the past, Koko would travel along to help the Easter bunny, but time and one too many quills growing in the wrong direction put a stop to it. Koko was the most senior porcupine and she adopted many of the little creatures from the forest. She had a large cave and plenty of room. Rabbit was one of the adoptee’s. She tried to give him a name but rabbit said he preferred being just called Rabbit.


After one particularly rough Easter, Rabbit told Koko that he would take her place the next year. Koko talked to the Easter bunny and got an ok. Supplied with several of Koko’s quills, Rabbit was set to go. Hiding Easter eggs is not the easy job humans pretend that it is! Especially when the order comes in to put them inside someplace. Santa Claus comes down chimneys, but bunny’s use the door and some humans keep them locked. But, Koko’s quills are very effective at picking them.


After every trip, Rabbit would fill Koko in on the latest adventure. He would hop from one story to another. He talked so fast that Koko threatened to send him to auction school.


“Slow down a bit Rabbit. I’m trying to keep up.”


“But Koko, you wouldn’t believe some of these places! We went to one and I almost got eaten by this huge horse!”


“In the house?”




“Did he say anything?”


“He just kept barking and barking. I thought he would wake everybody up! But the Easter bunny told me that the humans would be gone until later that day. I used the longest quill to protect myself.”


“Uh, Rabbit, that was a dog, not a horse.”


“Well he was as big as a house!”


This was only one of his adventures. Some of them got even more far fetched. But, nobody ever got hurt. With eight rabbit’s feet, they had the luck of the Irish with them. Well, they had the luck of the Irish because they had a guest ride with them a few times.


McTavish, the head leprechaun, disguised himself as a well-dressed human and walked through the local village. As he was walking down the sidewalk he happened to catch an advertisement on one of the TV’s in a window. They were talking about Lucky Charms cereal! He wanted to investigate this closer so he contacted the Easter bunny and made arrangements to have one of his fellow leprechaun’s ride along.


That made deliveries much easier since now there were three of them! It was also a rather odd year considering that the Leprechaun’s colored some of the eggs.


“Koko, we delivered some pretty eggs that had rainbows on them!”


“Wow! I bet the human kids were surprised.”


“Oh, we didn’t give them to the humans. These were for the little leprechaun’s.”


“Now that is unusual.”


It was a very different year but it started a whole new tradition. So next time you’re trying to catch a leprechaun, don’t be surprised if he leads you over to a cauldron full of colored eggs!




“Alex, let’s take this paper back to Mom.”


With a nod of his head, they headed back to see mom and the rest of Amanda’s family. As they were walking, Amanda suggested a visit with Koko might be in order.

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