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5 STARS from C. Michael Bennis on Cocooning The Butterfly

 5 of 5 stars – MAGNIFICENT narrative with the touch of excellence

“Very quickly I became caught up in the narrative and was trapped irrevocably with this delicious heroine who was orphaned at a very young age and left alone to cope for her self and not surprisingly made bad decisions that really hurt. Then suffering horrible consequences, she takes control of her life. It is an adrenaline pumping experience where I was loudly cheering her on as SHE began to turn her life around. This is the stuff of Gabriel Garcia Marquez where — carefully crafted and beautifully constructed fiction is irreversibly captivating. This extraordinary and remarkably fabulous narrative has a way of trapping the reader at the edge of his or her seat. To say I could not put the book down is the truth. This is a great experience. I COMPLETELY RECOMMEND THIS FIRST BOOK!”  Amazon Review by C. Michael Bennis, Author & Speaker ~ Tucson, Arizona USA

Thank you Mr Bennis for your kind words, encouragement and praise.  To be compared to such a writer as Gabriel Garcia Marquez (learn more about Mr Marquez on his IMDb Profileis to be honored with the highest regard for my writing, and I accept this as not only an honor, but a privilege.  You have given me the courage to continue writing, and I thank you, from the bottom of my heart.  And, I am so very happy that you enjoyed the book. 

Saving Private Ryan by Jacqueline Kehl

Saving Private RyanSaving Private Ryan by Jacqueline Kehl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Touching, emotional, and dedicated to home, country, family, and peace – war is inevitable – things must get worse before things can get better. For one family the loss is far too great a burden. They must find the young soldier in the heart of battle, and send him home – three of his brothers have fallen, and his parents need him home. Tom Hanks best film, his heart was visible upon his sleeve as he portrayed the seriousness of the matter – amen. May God keep His soldiers forever in peace.

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Saving Private Ryan (1998) – Official Trailer

Saving Private Ryan 1998 | War Movies HD | Full-Length Movie

Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

Red Dragon (Hannibal Lecter, #1)Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Having to come out of early retirement (due to the PTSD he suffered in the capture of Hannibal Lecter) this FBI Agent has another creature to capture. The young agent must face Lecter, seek his assistance, in order to find “The Tooth Fairy”. There’s more than just his anxiety on the line though, as he approaches Lecter’s dungeonous prison. His family’s lives are at stake. If you have not read all of the Hannibal books, or seen all of the films, now is the time to do so. There’s more to Hannibal than what meets the eye in this book, and we all know that Anthony Hopkins’ best role, his tue creepiness, has been Lecter.

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Red Dragon (2002) – Movie Trailer


Put your headphones on – Red Dragon (Hannibal Lecter #1) Audiobook – The whole story!

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeThe Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Too many of the older books have been put to film before the next generation even realizes that it started out as a book! Jekyll and Hyde – Stevenson took his time with word crafting – thrilling, murderously bringing to life both sides of the Doctor’s character, the good in him and his evil – while writing each line with a deliberate cause. Some books must be read, prior to film viewing, and not to do so with this book, would be a crying shame. Sitting on the edge of your seat; you’re about to take a walk down the forbidden lane of science.

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Official Trailer #1 – Spencer Tracy Movie (1941) HD

After several remakes – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (2003) Full Length Film …

Searching for the Gate by Richard K Doey

Searching for the GateSearching for the Gate by Richard K Doey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A must for anyone who appreciates musical words. This book of poetry … every poem is a song of the spirit and soul. Canadian born and raised, Richard Doey is a genius when it comes to writing poetry about love, in all of its forms. His work is dark, deep, metaphorical, beautiful and utterly breathtaking. This simple book of poetry contains no image visuals, bringing the reader deep into the text, forcing the imagination to work the words into visions so profound, you’ll be left with a feeling of awe. He writes of love, honesty, honorability, emotional pain and heartache, gifts and abundance regarding life and love. For the free and insightful deep thinkers, this book will bring you into your own heart and soul, until you see yourself for who you really are.

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The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

The Phantom of the OperaThe Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I think every word in the English language (and many others) have been used to describe this story. Words like fascinating, thrilling, brilliant, time-honored, smashing, genius and they are all true in their description. If by chance you have yet to visit the theaters, live theatrical plays and/or the big screen theater, do the story the justice it so deserves and read the book prior to any visual outside the mind’s eye and imagination. The culture, the time of the era, the costumes, the words to every song have deep meaning and you will not want to miss a moment of this classic.

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Book trailer: The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera Official Trailer #1 – Robert Englund Movie (1989) HD

Phantom of the Opera 1990 – Trailer

Gerard Butler – Phantom’s mask

Gerard Butler sings ‘The Music of the Night’

Gerard Butler sings “No One Would Listen” (full-screen HD)

The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

The Taming of the ShrewThe Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book has been on my reading list for several years, but I finally got around to reading it last winter. Shortly after which, we curled up with a bowl of popcorn and watched the film, starring Elizabeth Taylor – a woman with a wicked temper she feels no need for a man, letting her poor father know it. Shakespeare’s writings have always enthralled me and The Taming of the Shrew was one that not only captured my full attention but tickled my funny bone with humor as I followed this young feisty woman through a world of male domination and female suppression while she fought to maintain her independence.

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The Taming Of The Shrew (1967) – Trailer

A clip from The Taming of the Shrew Promo

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

The Time MachineThe Time Machine by H.G. Wells
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Yes I know it’s a classic, but I am not fond of the genre – thus, the lower rating. I tried several times to get through this book, until recently when I admitted to myself that I don’t like sci-fi reading. Call me a realist, sure, but don’t say I didn’t try to enjoy it because I did. For those who have a greater appreciation of the genre, you’re likely to enjoy this book completely. Even so, there have been several great stories stemming from The Time Machine, as well as films.

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The Time Machine (1960)

“The Time Machine (2002)” Theatrical Trailer

The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss

The Swiss Family RobinsonThe Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Offering both inspirations to writers everywhere and moviemakers alike, this Swiss Family has only two things on their mind; survival and family. Wyss was a genius in his day when it comes to writing great books, and this story has been reworked several times to create films the whole family can enjoy. Adventure, struggles, laughter … a family that works together, survives together. A wonderful family read.

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Swiss Family Robinson (1960) Trailer

The Adventures of Swiss Family Robinson – Official Trailer (HD)

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  Reader’s Reviews 

“A bold but sensual story of the rapture in the coming together of a powerful man and a woman searching for safety in love. How fun to be a part of the pre-read, and share the insight of a woman’s heart as she finds truth in love, and then blossoms with it. I know this is just the beginning as Halya travels our paths, for this is the reality of all women in wanting a real man. A great read.”

Review by ~ Steel Riata, AB Canada

“I was taken by this fresh, light-hearted romance with a twist, a turn and a touch of modern life melded with life of old. The landscape descriptions, truly give a sense of Canadian terrain, and life in all seasons. A diverse cast of characters with brilliant personalities came together to form and remain solid unity throughout the book. Cocooning the Butterfly is as deep a metaphor as the author’s bravery in exposing her emotions.”

Review by ~ M. Tillotson, BC Canada

"Beautiful first chapter by this fresh. young writer. We'll undoubtedly be hearing more from her and her new writings. Good, visual opening. Reader gets pulled into characters early on, when identification is so necessary, then gets pulled up by the scruff of her neck to learn the protagonist (at least one of them) is the Buffalo. Fascination point of view for the story."

Review by ~ Jay Squires, Author

“Drama, mystery, feuds, sorrow, joy, unconditional love, unconscionable hate and abuse, and healing the heart and soul. Laila Doncaster, you rock; a stellar author. Kept me enthralled the whole darn book! Hurry up and get book 2 done so I can continue with the story. I could not put it down!”

Reviewed on Amazon by ~ Madlyn Doey

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