Thursday, June 30, 2011

Review of The Dragons of Chiril by Donita K. Paul

Review of The Dragons of Chiril by Donita K. Paul
Previously published as
The Vanishing Sculptor

The information below is from Wikipedia.
“Dragons Of Chiril 2009: Tipper, a young emerlindian who's responsible for the upkeep of her family's estate during her sculptor father's absence, discovers that her actions have unbalanced the whole foundation of her world, and she must act quickly to undo the calamitous threat. With the help of some unlikely companions—including the nearly 5-foot-tall (1.5 m) parrot Beccaroon and the miraculous Wulder—she sets out to save her father and her world.”
The author, Donita K. Paul says,
“The character in Dragons of Chiril is also challenged by adversity. Unfortunately, three of the statues she sold to acquire money for expenses, turned out to be the cornerstone of the world she lives in. With the statues separated, the countryside has bizarre eruptions that destroy property and life.

As in real life, with each new challenge, Tipper grows to meet the difficulty. That stretching to do the next thing, the thing we think is just beyond our ability, makes us grow stronger. Tipper's character deepens as she handles what I (the author) throw at her. And she also gains a perspective of herself that eliminates the false guilt. I think false guilt weighs us down more than the reality we face. Tipper does reach a happy ending, but the reader is aware that it is not because the road we travel will not smooth out and be bump-free until we reach Heaven. That's okay. We have the hope!"
My Review
Although it is obvious that there are more books in this series, this felt complete as a stand alone. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and found the conclusion satisfying. The dialog was in character for each individual and very well written. Some of the witty conversations made me laugh out loud.
The characters are charming, fun and well developed, although I found the introduction of the various “classes” of people somewhat awkward. I would have liked to have a better description of their cultures as I read the story rather than in a glossary. 
I have not read much fantasy but Donita K. Paul may just have made me a fan. I am certainly a new fan of hers and am looking forward to reading more of her books.
I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest review.
Click here to download the first chapter of The Dragons of Chiril.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Used Cars Fond Du Lac | Used Car Dealer WI | Courtesy Car Company

The used car dealership where my husband works, recently got a website. I think it's pretty cool that he is in charge of adding the inventory, taking pictures, and writing up the descriptions. For a guy who had to be dragged kicking and screaming into using technology to assist in car sales, I think he's come a long way.

Used Cars Fond Du Lac | Used Car Dealer WI | Courtesy Car Company

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Book Review - Where Will You Go from Here? by Valorie Burton

After reading Valorie's book, I was surprised to realize that I had unknowingly employed many of her steps to moving forward through various setbacks of my own. They work!

When I lost a business, I did not spend a lot of time feeling sorry for myself but rather chose to learn from the experience by assessing what I did wrong and what I did right.

Armed with that ammunition, I started another more successful business. I believed I could succeed as long as I accepted that no attempt was a failure as long as I learned from it.

I especially like her suggestion to choose to believe that God is orchestrating all things to work together for good, even when the odds seem overwhelmingly against us. I have had proof of this in my life.

When I look back on the puzzle pieces of my life, I can see where every piece was needed and how it was put in place at just the right time to bring me to where I am today. It all fits.

At the end of the book Valorie tells us to "let others see God through us." We serve as an inspiration when we glorify God through our lives by "trusting in Him to lead us to a better place in His time."

I will be sharing this motivating book.

I received this book free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.