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THE GUARDIAN

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The Guardian was nominated for the TCK Publishing 2018 Readers Choice Awards. Please vote. Look for it under Middle Grade/ Young Adult.

The Guardian by L.M. Nelson is an inspiring tale about courage, perseverance, and love. A tragic car accident changes Camryn and Toby’s lives forever when they are magically transported to Gelnoff, a place that desperately needs their help to free it from the clutches of the firebeast, and restore balance to the elements. With the title of the guardian, and help from various druids and other mythical creatures, Toby and Camryn must journey across this strange place where they have found themselves and gather elemental stones in their quest to defeat the firebeast. They must survive and surpass all of the challenges that lie ahead of them, including pesky trolls and harpies doing the firebeast’s bidding. Will Camryn and Toby be able to succeed in their quest and return home? Or will they be stuck in this mysterious land forever?

In a thrilling tale, The Guardian by L.M. Nelson feels like a cross between Bridge to Terabithia, The Spiderwick Chronicles and a little like Lord of the Rings. It has wonderful themes of determination, adapting to new situations and friendship. These are all relatable themes that a younger age group going through their own coming of age struggles will relate to. It will also help them to find the will to discover a new perspective on seemingly unpleasant situations in their own lives. The characters develop really nicely along with the plot, perfectly written for young adults. I admire all of the creatures that come to Toby and Camryn’s aid and how beautifully it is presented as well as having riddles to contend with. The riddles I feel fit in perfectly with the magical and mysterious vibe of the world Camryn and Toby are in. It adds to the overall enjoyable factor of the book. I enjoyed the tale and the plot twist.” -Reader’s Favorite Review

“With YA novel “The Guardian”, author L. M. Nelson immerses readers in a dream world full of mystical creatures, twists and unexpected turns.

After a tragic turn in which their parents die, Camryn and Toby Hunter are left on their own in the Idaho wilderness. Toby discovers a pair of gold rings and he and his sister are magically transported into a mystical land. Their only known exit is immediately blocked and they find themselves surrounded by mythical creatures in the land of Gelnoff. Toby is named as “the Guardian” by the locals and is faced with a life-changing task.

The story is well-paced, with vivid imagery allowing readers to almost “see” the dream world of “The Guardian”. Like a skilled conjurer, the author keeps pulling a new secret or twist out of her sleeve, till the end of the book, thus making the narrative interesting and keeping the reader engaged. A well-written piece of fantasy, “The Guardian” also offers Toby’s coming-of-age challenges and his internal struggle.

“The Guardian” is a very easy and captivating read, the story flows naturally and I very much enjoyed it. I would certainly love to read a sequel of the story of the two kids if Ms. Nelson would decide to write one. And I would certainly recommend the book to all fantasy and YA novel lovers.” –Amazon Review

“I enjoyed this quick read. There were a few areas that felt rushed through, but overall the story kept a steady pace. It could be a good read for older MG too. There is violence, but it’s not described in gruesome detail. You’ll follow a sister and brother on an adventure across the lands of Gelnoff as they strive to defeat the Firebeast, free the fantastical folk, and earn their way home.” – Amazon Review

THE SCRUBS SERIES:

  • 2017 Best Medical Fiction
  • “A read of substance”
  • “Combines personal dramas and conflicts with the field of medical studies”
  • “Characters are given a lot of depth”
  • “Unforgettable characters and compelling, ever changing storyline”
  • “A comprehensive read”
  • “Great romance”
  • “Multiple characters with distinct personalities”
  • “Engaging characters and plot”
  • “Enjoyable and moving”
  • “The characters are incredibly well-developed”
  • “Highly entertaining”
  • “Very worthwhile read”

SCRUBS

“Scrubs is a YA novel about a group of college students. The story focuses on Randy, a medical student, and his romance with Jane, a psychology student. The timeline begins at the start of Randy’s second year of med school, and concludes just days after his graduation.

The author does a realistic job of depicting the enormity of commitment necessary to succeed in the medical field. She also weaves into her story several other components of a med student’s life: fear of failure, fatigue, family sacrifice, and attrition.

Nelson does an EXCELLENT job of handling multiple characters. In fact, although Scrubs holds almost nothing in common with Gone With the Wind, Nelson is comparable to M. Mitchell in her ability to juggle several characters. Effortlessly, the reader is able to meet multiple distinct personalities. A young heroin addict, an older bereaved widow, sorority sisters, and darling toddlers all come to life for us.

Jane, the heroine of the story, undergoes great character evolution. She undergoes a period of stifling bereavement resulting from her mother’s death, and transitions to a young woman who functions well with happy memories of her mom. She also (begrudgingly) nurtures a life-altering relationship change with her father, and she transitions from an athlete who has abandoned her love of basketball to one who once again claims her prowess on the court…

Overall, I’d say this is a wonderful effort for a first-time author. Nelson shows great promise. Scrubs is the first of a four-part series, and readers will surely enjoy her subsequent novels.” –J. Monk, Goodreads review

“This book gives some insight about people going to med. school. I really liked that part and I even had a few tears along the way. I loved the ending …” -Amazon review

“Scrubs was a great summer read. It left me hanging wanting for more…Waiting on her next book!” -Norma, Goodreads review

“I was a big fan of the TV series Scrubs and picked up the book because of the title. Similar to the TV series, this book combines personal dramas and conflicts with the field of medical studies. There is an appeal in the world of Doctors, the medical profession and the impact of it on the individual. There are also many other side issues in this, and great romance. Quite a comprehensive read this is very enjoyable and a read of substance.” -Amazon Review

“This is a very enjoyable and moving novel about a group of medical students. In the tradition of the TV series Scrubs of the same name, the characters are given a lot of depth. I was a big fan of the TV series Scrubs and picked up the book because of the same title, and I was not disappointed. In the same well written and composed fashion, yet with a totally different style, we witness personal problems, drama, the pressures of the medical system and the impact they have on our hero. The setting is very appealing and fascinating, the plot and characterisation excellent and the novel, overall, a winner. Looking forward to the next in the series, which is out already.” -author Christoph Fischer, Goodreads Review

“Randy Hanson is a second-year medical student immersed in his life of classes, study groups, and one-night stands. But that part of his life ends abruptly when he meets Jane, a gorgeous young psychology student. Soon, he has to find a way to balance the increasing demands of his medical training with his burgeoning relationship with Jane.

The focus is on the toll that the time and effort involved [with medical school] can take on the people and their relationships. Obviously, the main one is the relationship between Randy and Jane, which is followed from first meeting to marriage, although others are given some attention as well.

One of the things I liked best about Scrubs is the descriptions and examinations on the personal lives of the main characters. There are problems with family; parents, siblings and in one case, children; problems with significant others, teenage angst, and as mentioned above problems with the pressures and workload involved. Most of the main & supporting characters are given very believable issues to deal with throughout the course of the novel. The book covers a span of four years or so, and during that time we see some people drop out, some people change for the better (and occasionally for the worse), and most grow into their chosen roles.

For the most part, I enjoyed Scrubs and would certainly continue with the series, projected to be 4 books, in total. It is on the longer side, and maybe the older end of YA but never seems to drag or feel like too much…it’s a good involving read.” -Andrew McVittie, Amazon Review

SAND & SUTURES

Voted 2017 Texas Authors Medical Fiction book of the year.

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“I LOVED THIS BOOK. Let me tell you why.

The story revolves around the life of Dr. Randal Hanson, his family and extended family as well as a wide, delightfully diverse group of close friends that are largely in the medical profession. I quickly understood that these close friendships arose from the grueling and intense experiences of surviving medical school, creating a bond that could never be broken or forgotten. They all became lifelong friends.

Sand & Sutures has a very pleasing quick and efficient pace, covering about 3 years or so of the joy and happiness, anger and fear, the celebrations and some of the lower points that occur in all of the characters lives, much like the peaks and valleys that occur in own lives. I never had the sense that any portion of Sand & Sutures was over described or went on too long about any particular thing nor did I feel that I was missing anything regarding any element of the book. The timing and pace was PERFECT. I wonder if this might be due to the author’s editing abilities and if this is true, author L.M. Nelson is a true GENIUS in that department.

In Sand & Sutures, the characters are incredibly well developed, each one as interesting as the next. When reading a book that has many characters, I have often had the problematic experience of not being able to connect to each one, forgetting their name and relationship to the story, ruining that delightful flow of seamlessly reading by having to stop and think, who is this person and what are they doing here? This is most definitely not a problem in Sand & Sutures. Each character has a clearly defined personality and role in the story. Author L.M. Nelson writes dialogue, both internal and verbal, with the precision of a surgeon, no pun intended.

Now, while we are on the subject of characters, OH, THE CHARACTERS! I quickly became emotionally involved and invested in each character. I find this to be a great asset to a story and an impressive skill on the part of the author. My feelings regarding these characters are as such: I always want to be able to pick up a Scrubs book, check in and see what’s happening in their ever evolving lives. Are they well? How are the kids? They must be growing up fast, can’t wait to see them in the next book. I want to send Randy Hanson a nice coffee basket for Christmas; I know he would love it. I wonder if so and so ever got over that difficulty they were having. I also realized that these characters are universal in appeal. “Scrubs” is a book series that will be enjoyed by men and women alike, the young and old, people from all walks of life. A magnificently written, read at your own pace because the pace in the book will always be consistent with unforgettable characters and compelling, ever changing story lines. [It] would make a great gift because of the book’s universal appeal and exceptionally good writing.

There are two other very prominent characters in Sand & Sutures and I suspect in all of the books in the Scrubs series that have no dialogue. The first quiet but ever present character is the city of Seattle, Washington. You can feel the green, picture the fog, sunshine and rain. The features and terrain of Seattle have been lovingly and subtly written in as the characters walk through their days. It now comes as no surprise to learn that the author spent a great deal of time in Seattle and I have a feeling she loved it because it feels loved in the reading. The second character is the medical profession. All of the details of what happens in a hospital setting, in neurosurgery, in the field of an OB GYN is so good, so spot on, completely relatable and not too technical. At no point in this book does the backdrop character of the medical profession feel “researched” or foreign. Nor is it ever overdone or under done, purely well done. The medical environment in which the book takes place felt so natural.

[L.M. Nelson’s] style is precise but not sharp, her characters are warm and inviting but not sticky and gooey and she is a master when it comes to dialogue and pace in her writing, a perfect trifecta!” -Opus Book Review

Fantastic Read, Highly Entertaining, A Book for Everyone!” Teri Pietila, Amazon Review

“I enjoyed this book so much, as I enjoy medical stories. I used a few tissues near the end…” -Barbara, Goodreads review

BEYOND THE HARDWOOD

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Beyond the Hardwood was nominated for the Circle of Books 2017 Ring of Honor Awards.

“This is the third book I have read in this series. Have enjoyed each one. Very worthwhile read. Looking forward to the next or last of this series.” -Amazon Review

CENTER STAGE

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Center Stage was nominated for 2017 Reader’s Choice Award.

“This story has engaging characters and plot, and the story develops well.” -Amazon Review

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