Review of A Brief Stay at Earth Human Camp


Blog TourBook 1 Cover KDP2 midsizeA Brief Stay at Earth Human Camp: Book 1 of the Secrets of Farbookonia Series

Once you find out your mother is an alien, what ISN’T possible?!

That’s what 12-year-old Anne and 10-year-old Atticus Reade want to know. Minutes after learning that their mother is from the planet Farbookonia and that their parents’ secret project has put them all in danger, the children are wrenched from their sheltered existence in the Midwest and whisked off to a safe sleep-away camp in New Jersey — each with a tiny, protective “Globot” on one shoulder.

Painfully aware they’re not like the others at camp, Anne and Atticus do their best to fit in while concealing their alien background and the “special talents” that go with it. But everything is so new to them, they have a hard time sorting reality from fiction. Quirky campers, campfire ghost stories, a bizarre camp director, Anne’s mysterious dreams, and Atticus’s unusual animal encounters are all equally disturbing.
Just as they start getting the hang of life among young Earth humans, a broadcast on the Rec Hall TV shakes things up, and things that are truly strange emerge from normal newness. It turns out Anne and Atticus — and their new friends — may not be safe at camp after all. A Brief Stay at Earth Human Camp soon thrusts them into a reality they wish was fiction.


What can I say other than the fact that this author knows how to write a page turner for young teens! This is a book that pulls you in by the characters and a plot that keeps giving. This is a story of two kids who head off to sleep away camp where they try to learn to be ‘normal’. The more of this book you read the more if gives back to the reader. This would make a great family reading book, as there’s a lot of talking points in this book. There is more to this book than just kids off at camp.


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Marie C. Collins lives in Lambertville, New Jersey (USA), with her two dogs, George Eliot and Henry James, who — in spite of their snoring and a tendency to sniff horrifying things — are very good company (and in return, willingly endure Marie’s insistence that they love being kissed on their snouts).

Marie holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Journalism from Douglas College at Rutgers University and a master’s degree in English Literature from Temple University. She has held sundry jobs throughout her life, like caregiver, cook, waitress, newspaper reporter, and even a brief, misguided stint as a ballroom dance teacher. However, for most of her adult life she has written for hire, usually on topics related to education, as writing is the thing she likes to do best.

Marie has a daughter she adores, Laurel Pellegrino, who is now a doctor in Seattle.

Throughout Marie’s life, she has at times felt like an alien — mostly because she was extremely shy and didn’t react to things the way other people did. When she decided it was time to try to write a novel, she found herself wondering what it would be like to actually be an alien — then it struck her that that might be a good place to start. But since she’s also intrigued by the way cultures blend to make each of us feel a bit “different,” she decided her aliens should be half Earth human as well.

Marie is currently writing the second book in her Secrets of Farbookonia series: The Quest for Normal. Her goal is to publish it at the end of 2015.

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Blog Tour “Strings” with Author Kat Green






Kat Green was born Nov 1979 into a military family, and moved around a lot during her childhood. This shaped her into the person she is today. At ease with meeting new people and adapting to new surroundings. Her family roots are from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Kat now lives with her husband and son on the south coast of England, Portsmouth. She doesn’t pretend to be the best, and is still growing as a writer and having fun along the way. She loves books and has a busy imagination. Her love for music plays a big part in her first novel, Strings, and she can be found mainly at gigs around the UK. In 2010 she lost her mother to blood cancer and it was time to put her words on a page and stop worrying about what people might say, ‘Life is too short and precious to waste’ is her motto. Writing is her passion and her escape. If you like what she does, she says ‘Thank you!’ For those who don’t, she says ‘Thanks for giving her a chance.’


The rise of the Black Eagles was meteoric, from band practice in the garage to global stars almost overnight. And Melissa Webb, the beautiful girlfriend of the front man, appeared to have it all. But when Luke Black disappears without a trace and Melissa wakes up in a hospital bed after a savage attack, her perfect world is shattered and their lives are plunged into a potentially deadly crisis.  Where is Luke, and can he be found before it is too late?

Praises about “Strings” 

“Absolutely enthralling book! With a real heart at the core. I couldn’t put it down. Highly recommend. can’t wait for the sequel” – Review from Amazon by patrice gardner

“An excellent read , the suspense intrigue and tension holds you all the way through . Really sorry l have finished it, cannot wait to read the sequel. Brilliant x” – Review from Amazon by Sandra Gray

“ I started reading this book yesterday morning and I could not put it down, it was that good. “– Review from Amazon by Stacie

My Review of “Strings” 

I was given the chance from Kat and Double Decker to review Kat’s book before her blog tour and all I can say is….”WOW!!”

~ My 5 Purple Pen Award and Review ~

`Fantastic, exciting, lovable characters`

~ Once I started reading this book, there was no turning back. I had to stay up to finish it! Kat Green has written a book that deserves to be talked about. Her characters are so easy to fall in love with and so full of that “Rock n’ Roll Attitude!”

~I would recommend this book to the anyone, even a stranger on the street is worth talking to about this book! ~


I also want to mention that Kat Green’s Cover to Strings is up to be voted on at “The Masquerade Crew” for August Cover Wars!! Follow the link to vote to make Kat’s Cover the winner!!

Whispers of Dreams by Alexia Purdy


Wow, what a poet!

I instantly fill in love with her writing, so true to the heart and so deep and ark pain written on these pages. I felt the pain ignite in me as I read this short book of poems and I caught a tear or two fallen.

Alexia Purdy is a poet that writes from the heart and soul that reaches out and grasps yours and tears it to pieces. I love poetry that makes me feel every word that has been written and Alexia does just that and more.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants deep, dark painful poetry to read during a bad heartbreak!



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