Solomon’s Oak is the story of three people who have suffered losses that changed their lives forever. Glory Solomon, a young widow, holds tight to her memories while she struggles to hold on to her Central California farm. She makes ends meet by hosting weddings in the chapel her husband had built under their two-hundred-year-old white oak tree, known locally as Solomon’s Oak. Fourteen-year-old Juniper McGuire is the lone survivor of a family decimated by her sister’s disappearance. She arrives on Glory’s doorstep, pierced, tattooed, angry, and homeless. When Glory’s husband Dan was alive, they took in foster children, but Juniper may be more than she can handle alone. Joseph Vigil is a former Albuquerque police officer and crime lab photographer who was shot during a meth lab bust that took the life of his best friend. Now disabled and in constant pain, he arrives in California to fulfill his dream of photographing the state’s giant trees, including Solomon’s Oak. In Jo-Ann Mapson’s deeply felt, wise, and gritty novel, these three broken souls will find in each other an unexpected comfort, the bond of friendship, and a second chance to see the miracles of everyday life. “If you haven’t discovered Jo-Ann Mapson yet, you’re in for the finest of treats-her books will move you from out-loud laughter to bittersweet tears.” Jodi Picoult
Word Drop can satisfy your obsession with word games and fast-paced matching games in one entertaining app for your Android device or Kindle Fire.
As pieces fall from the top of your screen, match them properly so the pieces will vanish, earning you more points and longer gameplay. Failing to match pieces fast enough results in a pile-up. Once the pile-up reaches a certain point, your game is over.
Spell words with letter pieces. As letters fall from the top of your screen, they collect at the bottom. Spell a word using any of the available letters, but be quick because more letters are always falling. You must prevent the letter pile-up from passing the blue bar.
On occasion, you’ll receive bonus pieces, like the Wild Card or the Bomb. Use the Wild Card as any letter you like. Tap the bomb to ignite it, and destroy all of the letters surrounding it. This helps to create more distance from the blue line if you’re creeping a little too close for comfort.
Play in multiple game modes for a little variety: Panic Mode (Standard), Time Mode, and Puzzle Mode. Panic Mode is as described above. Puzzle Mode drops five new letters with each word you create, so try to think big. Time Mode gives you three minutes to spell as many words as you can with no blue bar.
Word Drop is a pleasant challenge with colorful graphics and nice sound effects. It can be enjoyed by both young children and adults alike.