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3 Excellent Books from Indie Authors

Here are three more wonderful books by blogging authors:

  1. The Labyrinthine Journey — Book two of Cavallaro’s trilogy about Ancient Greece
  2. The Longest Nine Months — being pregnant at 42 when your husband doesn’t want the child can make it a very long nine months
  3.  Martin Luther King Junior: An Interactive Story of His Life — a visual biography with excellent questions included to spark student interest

The Labyrinthine JourneyThe Labyrinthine Journey

by Luciana Cavallaro

5 of 5 stars

With the first of three pieces required to save the Olympian Gods retrieved, Luciana Cavallaro’s The Labyrinthine Journey (Mythos Publications 2017) takes readers on a second wild treck around ancient Greece and the surroundings with the continued goal of saving the Olympian Gods from destruction at the hand of the one God of Christianity. With the help of a thankful king who was assisted by the High Priestess (a member of the intrepid group), Evan (aka Evandros) and his companions head to their next destination. When Evan is seriously injured, he survives through the assistance of the Mother Goddess who not only cured him but helped him to better understand the part he, a 21st-century Christian (I think) plays in the success of this mortal battle. Really, Cavallaro sums it up and provides insight into the series with this line:

‘The actions of the gods are not for us to question; we are their servants.’

The harder Evan fights to accomplish what seems to be an impossible goal (after all, the One God did win out over the panoply of Greek gods), the more respect Evan gets for this long-gone world and the better he understands what the true meaning of living a good life is.

As in the first book, this one is filled with authentic culture, vibrant settings, and believable characters from the era that gave birth to democracy. Evan is a physically strong, opinionated, and commanding individual who is not afraid to take charge of circumstances, argue his case, and lead when needed (which is always). This seems to be a winning combination when it comes to the task of saving the world as the ancient Greeks knew it. The knowledge Evan brings from a life spent in the 21st century studying the history of Greece and their gods often provides just what the travelers need to figure out their next step. I must confess, I’d never wondered how a religion as entrenched as the Olympian Gods gave way to the one God of Christianity. This epiphany, for me, was reason enough to read this book.

One final note: Though this is the second in Servant of the Gods trilogy, Cavallaro does an excellent job of catching readers up on the relevant events from the first book that impact events. I don’t think there’d be a problem reading this without the first.

You can find Luciana at her blog, Eternal Atlantis


The Longest Nine Months: A Getting To Mr. Right series by (The Longest Nine Months is the last of the Getting To Mr. Right series.)The Longest Nine Months

by Carol Balawyder
5 of 5 stars

Carol Balawyder’s The Longest Nine Months (2017) starts with a million dollar question, one every woman I know has faced at least once: Is my life going as I wish it would? Forty-two-year-old Campbell Jones, at the top of her career as a therapist, courageously arrives at the answer I had always wanted to: I quit!! And then, she moves on, taking the steps required to make that choice a reality despite detractors, the most painful being her husband, Chand. Chand doesn’t like change so treats Campbell’s decision as a phase, something she’ll get over, until she adds the exclamation point and becomes pregnant. This he argues against, suggests an abortion, kindly and then aggressively, especially when Campbell finds out that there are complications to the pregnancy. For a long nine months, Campbell addresses the problems of a pregnancy she wants and her husband doesn’t, the worries of raising her child alone, and how to reinvigorate her career in a way that better-serves her changed attitudes.

The gift of this book is that we are with Campbell as she goes from shock over the pregnancy to the joy of a new life. It’s written in a personal first person, present tense, which makes it as intimate as it gets.
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This is the final installment of her exceptional women’s fiction series, Getting to Mr. Right,  though it stands alone with no problem.  
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You can find Carol at her blog, Carol Balawyder.

Martin Luther King Junior An Interactive Story of His LifeMartin Luther King Junior An Interactive Story of His Life

by Rich Linville

5 of 5 stars

This is an excellent biography of Martin Luther King Jr. for young readers. It is written with simple, straightforward text in a warm inviting voice making it easily understood by even the youngest readers. The author includes not just well-known facts about this civil rights leaders but some details I didn’t even know (like when he changed his name to Martin Luther King Jr.). The graphics are clean, colorful, and highly visual, and the length is short making this a perfect book for reading to students during a unit on civil rights or as a nightly bedtime story. I particularly like that it’s interactive, posing questions for readers to answer and asking them to relate King’s experiences to their own.

Highly recommended for parents and teachers.

Available from Amazon and in audio.


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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the upcoming Born in a Treacherous Time. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.

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48 thoughts on “3 Excellent Books from Indie Authors

  1. Jacqui, you are a true power when it comes to promoting indie books. By the reviews, you enjoy your work. All three sound like books that will reward the reader. The Labyrinthine Journey and The Longest Nine Months are especially provocative.

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  2. Jacqui, thank you for the review of my Martin Luther King Junior book. It’s now available in audio book for auditory learners. Robert Miler is a wonderful narrator. Interactive learning that starts with questions will involve the students more than simple lectures. Thank you for all you do for children, adults, and learning.

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  3. Jacqui, I couldn’t agree more with your excellent review of Carol’s book … it’s one that’s stayed with me and the conflict and heartache is brilliantly conveyed and yes, the first person and present tense is as intimate as it gets! Great reviews all round!

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