Mad Maggie and the Wisdom of the Ancients – FREE

Mad Maggie and the Wisdom of the Ancients – FREE
Book 3 in the stand-alone series Eco-Warriors is free “til January 31, 2019
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Maggie is such an unexpected protagonist with so many barriers to achieving her dreams that I found her inspiring. I cheered for every single one of her victories. I feel that few romance heroines deserved HEA more.
– FIVE STARS, Shomeret on Flying High Reviews


“A good read that explores an improbable romance with all its consequences.”
– FIVE STARS, C. Widmann, Goodreads review


“The storyline was captivating, the characters believable.”
– FIVE STARS, Reviewed by Bitten by Books


“Magical story!”
– FOUR STARS, Elspeth, Goodreads review


“The plot was unconventional, it really had me hooked… Insightful.
– FOUR STARS, Dee, Goodreads review


“Loved it! Couldn’t put it down.”
– FOUR STARS, review


Two passionate opponents, the antithesis of each other are about to clash over the future of a grove of Ancient Old Growth Forest on a secluded island.


Maggie talks to trees. Dieter talks to corporations. Maggie embraces mystery and flirts with magic. Dieter adheres to logic and the doctrine of Nietzsche. Dieter’s client wants to destroy the trees. The trees want Maggie to protect them. Dieter has terminal cancer. Maggie is schizophrenic. Maggie says she can save him if he saves the trees. Dieter thinks she’s crazy, but what choice does he have?


A week together alone on Deadman’s Island changes everything for both of them. Is it madness? Is it magic? Or is it love?


Mad Maggie is a love story between two disparate characters, a brilliant though somewhat anal retentive corporate lawyer whose personal and career mantra is “the will to power,” and a free, uninhibited spirit who practices natural healing on a secluded island in the wilderness.


It’s a story about protecting wild things and wild places as well as the devastating effects of mental illness and the stigma society still inflicts on those affected. It’s a story about compromise, tolerance and understanding and how these feelings spring from love and are nurtured by it. It’s about mystery, secrets and power that abounds in nature and within ourselves.


Mad Maggie and the Wisdom of the Ancients is the third book in the stand alone series ECO-WARRIORS.


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A seriously non-traditional love story – A review of my novella, The Rocker and the Bird Girl –

The Rocker and the Bird Girl - Rod Raglin

The Rocker and the Bird Girl – January 24, 2019

Reviewed By Lisa McCombs for Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews



When Saunders Exotic Bird Sanctuary falls into financial crisis, owner Mattie Saunders realizes that her grandfather’s passion is not necessarily her own. Initially honored to continue her grandfather’s business mainly as a symbol of love to the man who raised her, Mattie wasn’t certain she was the woman for the job. Maybe the sanctuary would be better off in the hands of a commercial developer. She could find forever homes for all the birds in her care and finally make a life of her own. Of course she would have to part with her favorite feathered friends, especially Pickles. As she contemplates this major life move, her life becomes further complicated with a surprise introduction to the infamous reportedly drug-addicted rock star, Bodine. Even if his devotion to his own exotic macaw was sincere, could she trust his promise to clear her debt while being the upstanding citizen he professed to be?

The Rocker and the Bird Girl by Rod Raglin is a seriously non-traditional love story. Written by an environmentalist, the novel not only paints a sweet picture of hearts in tune, but offers respect for the breathtaking gift of the colorful birds of the rainforest. Raglin’s words caution the reader to study the serious consequences of pet adoption, while creating a heart-warming novella that contains just the right amount of romance.


A secondary theme to the story is being open to second chances. Rock star Bodine is not the stereotypical stage musician. While his band mates fall victim to the allure of sex and drugs with their rock-n-roll routine, Bodine is proof of not judging a book by its cover.


The Rocker and the Bird Girl is Book 1 in the Mattie Saunders Series and is available for $1.00 at


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A story about nothing, or about everything, and nothing specific


Alternate Side: A Novel - Anna Quindlen


Alternate Side by Anna Quindlen is a story about New Yorkers, though not necessarily those native to the city, but those who have become successful and thrive on its energy and eccentricities.


Nora Nolan and her husband, Charlie, are two of those people as are their neighbours, a privileged few who live on a street that is unique in that it is short and a dead end, allowing limited access and maximum exclusivity.


What makes this book so entertaining is Quindlen’s excellent characterization and authentic dialogue. Indeed, this book has very little plot at all with the inciting incident not even arriving until nearly halfway through the book.


The event that starts this cliquish neighbourhood unravelling is when one of the neighbours brutally assaults Ricky, the handyman for the entire enclave, with a golf club because he blocked the entrance to the exclusive neighbourhood parking lot.


Though the reader might expect dramatic revelations there aren’t any, everything is resolved in a civilized manner, as befitting these very civilized people.


The worst that Quindlen can evoke is the falling out between some neighbours re-enforcing in this reader that you’re often better off not getting to know people too well.


The ending has some uninspired musing by the protagonist about the road untaken. I had the impression the author hoped an appropriate ending would present itself and it didn’t, or it did, and she didn’t have the courage to write it.


I’m not sure if Alternate Side was an entertaining story about nothing or a story about everything, but nothing specific.




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