A Book Review: Order of Seven by Beth Teliho

order of sevenI love Young Adult books. There is something about how quickly it gets in to the story, and how emotionally invested the characters are, that grabs me.

Order of Seven by Beth Teliho is no exception.

I cracked this book open (ok turned on my Kindle) about 9pm on a Tuesday night. At 2am I was still wide awake, and still reading.

From the first word, I was sucked into the dream of Devi, she and her brother Nodin are the center of what became the story that sucked me in and haunted my days.

Beth wastes no time getting into the story, she weaves the history of this brother and sister into the present day story, seamlessly. By the time you reach Chapter 2 you feel like you know Devi and Nodin, but it is only the beginning, and you have no idea what’s coming!

It is so hard to tell you why this story is so gripping without giving it all away…what can I say….okay, you learn right away that Nodin has paranormal abilities and was sent to a special center to learn how to deal with his intuitive gift of empathy.

You also learn that he has two very good friends he met there that are coming to visit for a very special reason….

And then there’s the tree. Devi has a tree that she is so connected to, it calls her. But what happens when she goes to her tree is beyond understanding.

Can you just trust me and read this book? The story unfolds into an amazing tale that is so unpredictable it feels wrong to share anymore of it with you here.

 

Go buy it on Amazon, because you need to read this book. Calling it a page-turner is an understatement. It is a keep you up all night, make you think about it for days after you finish, gripping, completely unique, imaginative tale.
Order of Seven is available at Amazon in paperback or on Kindle, go get it.

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order of sevenBETH TELIHO is a writer, artist and tree hugger who lives in Texas with her husband and two

adventurous sons. Restless in the mundane, she writes about the abnormal, paranormal and otherwise

fantastical because that’s what quickens her heartbeat. She laughs at inappropriate jokes, and prefers

spicy food and margaritas to almost anything. One day, she hopes to live in a treehouse, where she can

be an eccentric introvert with at least seven cats.

 

Blog: www.bethteliho.me

Facebook: www.facebook.com/writerbisme

Twitterverse: @beth_teliho

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Hard Days Hard Nights: Stories from Pittsburgh’s First Concert Promoter

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He brought the Beatles to Pittsburgh for $5000, and that was only the beginning.

I had the pleasure of reading a book for review this week that I definitely would have read anyway! Hard Days Hard Nights: From the Beatles to the Doors to the Stones… Insider Stories From a Legendary Concert Promoter
Hard Days Hard Nights is the memoir of Pittsburgh concert promoter and legend Pat DiCesare.

We all know how much I love my music, my Twisted Mix Tape series was the longest running music meme in blogging history. (maybe) And since my primary love is 60s and 70s music, well this was a match made in heaven before I even cracked the spine.

Pat wasted no time jumping into the story, he had me at the Beatles, or was it the Doors? Maybe Sly and the Family Stone?

But that’s not where it started, the son of Italian immigrants Pat started with nothing, and became a Pittsburgh legend.

From the beginning it was clear that Pat had the drive to become the best at what ever he would do. Even as a high school student he was driven to move up the ladder, beginning as a busboy at the first music lounge in Pittsburgh he worked his way up, and when he got to the top he knew he wanted more.

Of course it was his life as a concert promoter that makes this book. To Pat, promoting concerts was a business. You may say duh, of course it’s a business. But what I mean is, although he absolutely had an ear for music, and was destined to be in the music biz, what he saw was an opportunity to make a lot of money bringing the “kids” what they wanted.

He recounted a story about Sly and the Family Stone, rumors abounded that Sly wasn’t showing for concerts. Pat’s livelihood was hanging on Sly’s Thanksgiving weekend show. He decided he had not choice but to fly out to see Sly and the Family Stone so he could guarantee they would show up the next day for his Pittsburgh show “If there was anything I hated it was sitting in the audience watching a concert. I never did that at any of my shows. This was business, not pleasure. To me a concert was work, not entertainment.”

Pat walked in the business at the very beginning of the Rock N’ Roll movement, it is fascinating to read about the resistance he received to booking Rock groups. But he had a very keen business sense, he saw the money in Rock N Roll and he knew this was only the beginning.

This is one of those books where you are constantly relaying the stories you have read in the book to anyone who will listen.

Like, “Can you believe he put on major concerts, like The Beatles and The Beach Boys using only the sound systems in the Arena they used for basketball and hockey?”

And, “Dude, Janis Joplin’s only request was a case of Southern Comfort! I mean, we all know how she died, but it is so weird reading about an actual event leading up to her death that basically foretold it!”

 

I loved reading about how early on, the Arena owner was constantly freaking out about how rowdy the concert goers were. How he almost shut down concert after concert. How Pat didn’t really like even being out with the crowd during the concert and spent his time in the ticket booth. How no one thought he could fill a stadium, and he did!

There are so many stories in this book that will have you turning page after page, I don’t know about you but I love to hear stories about musicians and concerts. I love reading about how the whole thing worked behind the scenes.

Hard Days Hard Nights covers 4 decades of music and musicians, with an inside look that only a concert promoter can give you.

I really recommend this quick read, it will entertain you and give you a wealth of knowledge about the concert industry.

 

Find out more about on his website Concert Pat, or follow him on Twitter @ConcertPat or on Facebook Pat DiCesare Author.

hard days hard nights reviewPat DiCesare was among the top grossing concert productions companies in the nation. He promoted just about every major concert act in the business in the last half of the 20th century including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Janis Joplin, Chicago, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Simon and Garfunkel and the list goes on.

Currently, DiCesare is producing “Relive The Beatles ’64.

DiCesare’s best selling book, “Hard Days, Hard Nights”, From The Beatles to The Doors to The Stones Insider Stories from a Legendary Concert Promoter,” has won the 2014 Grand Prize at the Great Midwest Book Festival, the Runner Up in the 2014 So Cal Book Festival and was named the winner of the 2014 Independent book of the year. Promoting You, his newest offering will be released soon.

 

 

Almost Paradise by Susan Isaacs a Review

Almost ParadiseAlmost Paradise by Susan Isaacs
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I tried, I tried so hard to like this book. The potential was there – if you were looking for an epic novel and not a vacation read.

The intertwined lives of two star-crossed lovers, now middle-aged on the edge of divorce.

Tragedy strikes within the first few pages and we are sent back in time to see how the destiny of the two main characters brought them to this point.

It was really fascinating, but after 100 pages I just wanted to know how it ended. I would have flipped through to the last pages but…well, I figured I only deserve the gratification if I know how it ended.

I never did find out.

If you have all of the time in the world, don’t need any humor and can handle basically depressing lives. This book is for you.

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A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray – Review

A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1)A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

While searching for an interesting but easy read for my summer vacation the librarian asked if I would try Young Adult.
Since I was hanging in the adult section I could see how she wouldn’t assume that most of my reading is Young Adult. It’s just so good and easy.
I was thrilled to be introduced to a book I had yet to read that was worthy of my time.

As a frequent consumer of 1000 page books that are riveting and full of excitement. A YA book has to be pretty good to go on my shelf.

A Great and Terrible Beauty did not disappoint. The story is so completely original within the fantasy genre that I was riveted from the moment I opened it. There are many twists and turns in this story as you believe you know where it’s going, it whips around in a completely different direction.

What appears to be the story of a girl devastated by witnessing the murder of her mother, and riddled with feelings of guilt, believing it to be her fault. Turns out to be a fantasy story of a group of young ladies travelling to another world, and what they find there will blow your mind.

Whether or not you like to read Young Adult Fiction, you will love this book!

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The Beatle Who Vanished

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Is there a band more recognizable than The Beatles?

When searching for the Best Rock Band of All-Time the answer was unanimous. But search for the answer to this question, “Who is the fifth Beatle?” and amazingly you will not find the real answer.

On June 3, 1964 the fate of a successful, but small-time drummer would change forever. Jimmie Nicol would become the fifth Beatle, if only for 13 days, and it would change the trajectory of his life in a way no one could have predicted.

This is a story that clearly would have never been told if not for the painstaking research done by Jim Berkenstadt. He took what was barely enough material to write an article and meticulously followed the movements of this mysterious person who replaced Ringo Starr for the Beatles first World Tour for 13 days.  The Beatle Who Vanished is a fascinating look inside the history of rock and roll in London, and the music industry’s attempt to create pop stars by controlling and molding the musicians who were discovering and exploring this rapidly changing music scene.

Jimmie Nicol’s life was intricately intertwined with the birth of Rock and Roll. As Berkenstadt uncovered Nicol’s history, he discovered a drummer so well regarded that, in 1964, his destiny was most surely on the path for fame. No one denied that Nicol’s skills were among the top in the clubs and music studios of London, he was well-known for his versatility; moving between jazz and rock easily and even combining the two. Often asked to play with many up and coming bands he was making a decent living as a musician and had become a staple as a session drummer, he was also the drummer for a series called Top Six, a weekly recording if the Top Six hits, often covering Beatles songs to perfection, who could know how important that would be?

Just when it seemed Jimmie’s ship had come in – because he had become the permanent drummer for Georgie Fame and The Blue Flames, he and his wife were living a comfortable life, and he was guaranteed work at something he loved; his life would take one more turn. Paul McCartney would personally call Georgie Fame and ask if they could “borrow” his drummer Nicols.

The rest they say, is history. But it wasn’t, not for us, not for him. It is what happened after this amazing story that was a mystery for so many years. Jimmie was a tried and true Beatle for 13 days, it may not seem like a long time, but as you read about the intensity of the touring, traveling and riot like interaction with fans, one can see how it felt like a lifetime for Jimmie. Jimmie joined the Beatles as the crescendo of Beatlemania was beginning, he was ill-equipped to be at the center of such fame and adulation, Paul McCartney befriended Jimmie and often asked him if “It was getting better?” Jimmie’s response? “It’s getting better all the time.” 13 days of playing multiple shows a day, their songs felt like his songs, and just as he began to feel like a “real” Beatle, it was ripped away from him.

Jimmie is on the far right. Picture credit wikimedia commons
Jimmie is on the far right. Picture credit wikimedia commons

Even for those who new Jimmie well, no one could understand that feeling. He went from being a Beatle to being plain old Jimmie in one day. His attempt at recreating that fame, his subsequent travels and his disappearance and supposed death are the riveting plots of this wonderful mystery of a biography. Jim Berkenstadt does something for Jimmie that he could never do, he showcases his amazing talent and paints a picture so clear that when you finish this book you will feel like you knew Jimmie all along.

 

You can purchase the book on Amazon by clicking this link The Beatle Who Vanished

 

*review originally published on Earth Hertz Records