Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Really Random Tuesday #94: Spring Garden Notes, and a Book Winner

"No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow."
~ Proverbs

I know that winter was pretty harsh for many of you.  At last, the lovely season of spring is here!

"I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden."
~ Ruth Stout  
Outdoor Orchids

Many herbs grow in my garden, in pots as well as in the ground, including:

Mexican Sage


Thai Basil


"There's rosemary, that's for remembrance."
~ Hamlet, William Shakespeare

Pleased as punch: a few cherry tomato plants that I'd forgotten about (because I planted them in a new, out-of-view spot) thrived on my neglect! 

Cherry Tomatoes

What's  growing in your spring garden?


Congratulations to Julianne from Outlandish Lit!   She has won The Tusk that Did the Damage by Tania James.  Julianne, I hope that you'll enjoy reading this book, which features an unusual narrator (one of three), an elephant called the Gravedigger, as mentioned in my review. 


Appearing on random Tuesdays, Really Random Tuesday is a way to post odds and ends--announcements, musings, quotes, photos--any blogging and book-related things you can think of.  I often announce my book giveaway winners in these posts.  If you have miscellaneous book news to gather up and are inspired by this idea, "grab" the button for use on your own blog, and add your link to the "master" Mister Linky on the Really Random Tuesday page.

Have a terrific Tuesday!  Thanks for stopping by. Your comments are appreciated. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Aoléon: The Martian Girl - Part Four

If you think that "men are from Mars, and women are from Venus", then you probably haven't met Aoléon yet. 

Aoléon, the Martian girl, is the female protagonist in this fun, five-part, sci-fi series.  I've just read the ebook Aoléon: The Martian Girl (Part 4: Illegal Aliens), written and illustrated by Brent LeVasseur.

Like the other parts of this book, Part Four is fast-paced and action-packed.  In this story, Aoléon and Gilbert attempt to rescue Phobos and Deimos, Aoléon's parents, who've been captured and taken to a secret base.  The duo must also try to stop the evil Luminon, who has just begun an invasion of Terra (Earth), in order to steal cows.

The Luminon
Aoléon & Zoot

Throughout the story, Aoléon and Gilbert face many obstacles, including forces of nature, a dust storm, and even a giant slor, and Gilbert develops his psionic power, in this portion of the book.

This is another fun, zany installment of the series, which I think will appeal to middle-grade girls and boys.  The 3-D graphics are fabulous in each of these books.  Aoléon is a charming, blue-eyed, blue-skinned Martian girl, and she and Gilbert have a solid friendship, with just a hint of romance in it.  I love the cover of Part Four!  I have a cow blog, La Vache Intéressante, so I am especially partial to cows.  (I must also feature this cover on my cow blog.)   I've enjoyed each "episode" of Aoléon: The Martian Girl, including this one, so far.  I'm eager to read Part Five of this series, the last part of this book, to find out what's in store for Aoléon, the Martian Girl, and Gilbert, the Terran boy.  

Many thanks to Laura from iRead Book Tours for providing an advanced readers copy of this ebook.  For more reviews, please stop by iRead's book blog tour for Aoléon: The Martian Girl (Part Four)

Thank you for reading!  Your comments are welcomed. 

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