Yes, Another Marcia Lynn McClure’s Outstanding Books! ‘Born for Thorton’s Sake’ – Book Review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Young Adult Books / May 31, 2014

Maria’s parents died and she was put in an orphanage and later claimed by her father’s brother and his wife. She lived a Cinderella existence with them for two years when she was miraculously claimed by her parents intended guardian. From thence on she was raised with much love and comfort. This is a wonderful love story but with tragedy striking at a time when life was almost perfect and her future seemed likewise near perfection. It is very romantic yet very clean and acceptable for even youth to read. The Title relates to the story well an the book cover is not the greatest fit but is acceptable. Marcia always doe an outstanding job of character development and surrounding background portrayal.  She most always brings her characters and scenes to life for the reader. She can verbally depict intimate scenes on a way they are all-consuming yet clean. Equally her talent depicts brashness in characters without ever writing bad language. My review of this book offers a strong Five Stars rating. PURCHASE THIS BOOK FROM AMAZON HERE. [raw] [/raw]

Meet Author Nancy Means Wright in This Very Interesting Interview!

            I recently read a book by Nancy Means Wright in which I thoroughly enjoyed the slightly rebellious, dry humor of the main character. I had never read this author’s books before and felt I really wanted to know more about this talented author. 1/ Q: When you were nine, you had a traumatic experience with your mother. What was it and how devastatingly did it affect  you–and for how long? A:  I was an avid reader of Nancy Drew, and at the age of nine, decided to write my own mystery.  I wrote some 40 or 50 pages of a “novel”  about the kidnapping of a pesky older brother, but my mother found it in the attic where I secretly wrote, and was horrified. She worried that she had a juvenile delinquent living under her nose.  Before I could defend myself, she threw it out with the evening trash!  This was, in essence, my first rejection, and I didn’t write any stories for several years after that. But I did write poems, and signed them with my cat’s name (Penelope)—a kind of pseudonym. And hid them inside the belly of an old doll. I think Mother…

‘Highwayman of Tanglewood’ by Marcia Lynn McClure – Book Review by LAWonder10

Marcia Lynn McClure is one of the rare authors who can bring sensuality and explicit romantic longing without explicit detail and very cleanly done. This is a Robyn Hood type story that keeps one guessing who the hero really is until the very end. It is full of sensuality, romance, intrigue and suspense with a smattering of humor.  Very well-written she always seems to be able to really ‘bring the reader into’ the story. The characters really come to life, the personalities and surrounding scenes are eloquently portrayed. The title fits well and so does the book cover. However, I feel the darkness of it will allow potential readers to pass it by. My review of this book gives it a hearty Five Stars rating. PURCHASE THIS BOOK FROM AMAZON HERE. [raw] [/raw]

Read & Enter Labrynth Society Book Blast (May 30 to June 6th) & Giveaway (ending 06/23)!
Uncategorized , Young Adult Books / May 30, 2014

  Join me today for another fun Book Blast & Giveaway! Presented by Kathy at  Labyrinth Society: The Versailles Vendetta When 12 year-old Mia Cornell is sent to live at the Tarpley Estate, her ninth foster home, she has no idea what she’s in for. Having a kind but mysterious foster mother and three quirky foster sisters is all well and good. Discovering that her new family is a secret society—they use a portal in their garden labyrinth to travel the globe seeking lost art, artifacts, and OSOs (objects of supernatural origin)—is something else entirely. Mia barely has time to wrap her head around the truth when the Society’s latest job, tracking down Marie Antoinette’s necklace, goes sideways. Mia and her new siblings—Tomi, the historian; Devon, the hacker; and Lily, the muscle—must use their wits, plus a few cool OSOs filched from the Society’s vault, to stay a step ahead of a sinister enemy from their foster mother’s past. But just how far back does Mrs. Tarpley’s past go? And will Mia stand by her new family or cut and run when they need her the most? Amazon * Barnes & Noble * iTunes       Author Biography: Angie Kelly is…

You No Longer Have to Wait!..My Interview With YA Author, Kelly Oram’s is here…NOW!
Young Adult Books / May 29, 2014

  CONTEMPORARY              FICTION        Kelly, It is such a great pleasure to have this opportunity to get to know you better.  1.Kelly, I would like the world to get to know the author behind these wonderful books. Where did you grow up? Tell us a little of your childhood.       I grew up with two amazing, loving parents (who are about to celebratetheir 35th anniversary. Love you Mom and Dad!) and a bunch of siblings that I only realized were amazing after I grew up and moved away from them.  We moved around quite a bit, but I spent the majority of my life in Colorado, Michigan, and California. My childhood was crazy and chaotic at times but fun and full of love. I have no complaints.        It sounds as though it was an interesting and truly great childhood! 2. Why do you get teased so for being a Backstreet Boys fan?  They were a really good group and had a huge following?  Who were others you “crushed” on? They don’t make fun of me for “liking” the Backstreet Boys, they tease me for being a crazy obsessed groupie and writing entire novels about meeting the guys and making…

‘First Impression’ by Pauline Creeden, Book Blitz & Giveaway!! Buy her Book Today for ONLY $.99!
Uncategorized , Young Adult Books / May 29, 2014

Presented by Nicole at YaReads BlogTours Read about the Book and Author below and join in on the Tour and Giveaway!  About the Book First Impression: A Shadow Maven Paranormal by Pauline Creeden Genre: YA Paranormal Published: March 31st, 2014 Published by: AltWit Press   Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20618864-first-impression Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/First-Impression-Shadow-Paranormal-Volume/dp/1495303942 B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/first-impression-pauline-creeden/1119068029?ean=9781495303944 Chira Kelly thought she didn’t need anyone…until she met Ben.    Because of one ugly rumor, Chira lives as an outcast at her school. Which is fine with her, because she works better alone. Always has, always will. And at least she has her one and only true friend, Tasha. When Tasha insists that they join a group to visit a possibly haunted abandoned old schoolhouse, she’s wary, but joins her friend. Because of that decision, their lives are in jeopardy as a malevolent spirit targets the group. Tragedies and accidents pick them off one by one, and Chira finds herself drawn to the one person who can see the truth. But can he protect her? First Impression: A Shadow Maven Paranormal Genre: YA Paranormal Romance/Urban Mystery Teaser Book Trailer: http://vimeo.com/86024284  Author Bio: In simple language, Pauline Creeden creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil…

Must read ‘Sal, Captain of the Baby Guards’ by Jennifer Reinoehl ! It is a delightfully, humorous, cleverly written story! – Book Reviewed by LAWonder10
Children's Books / May 28, 2014

One cannot help but chuckle throughout this, clever, delightful story…Especially written for that daring little boy toddling around! Parents and family members will quickly relate to the antics of this story on how a child’s imagination seems so real! The wording was great!  Illustrations done by Nadir Saddiqui, perfectly matched the heart of the story. I highly recommend this to parents, grandparents, pre-school and early elementary teachers. It is also great for early readers and Summer Reading Programs. I heartily review and rate this book with a Five Stars rating. *This book was sent to me by the author for an honest review, of which I have given. PURCHASE THIS BOOK FROM AMAZON HERE. [raw] [/raw]

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black – Book Review by Sabrina (maybe PG-13ish) There is some language and vampire bitey bloody.
Adult Books / May 27, 2014

  I like this book. I think I might have enjoyed it more if I weren’t kinda vamped out. I wouldn’t say this is a whole new take on vampires because it reminds me a little of Immortal rules and a little of Morganville Vampires.  In this book Vampirism is more of a disease. I think the character building was fairly well done. I felt like you get to know the characters but I never really connected with them or their relationships to each other. One thing I didn’t love, and I think it is just a personal preference, is the jump sometimes into the past. I felt that there weren’t smooth transitions, I just turned the chapter and it was in the past and by the time I got into that scene it was back to the main storyline. It was a pretty fast paced book I think. I didn’t get too bored ever because it seems Tana is always jumping from one catastrophe to another.   My review of this book gives it a 3.5 Stars rating. (maybe PG-13ish) some language and vampire bitey bloody PURCHASE THIS BOOK FROM AMAZON HERE. [raw] [/raw]

GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS & THEIR FAMILIES – PAST & PRESENT!

  My Family and I want to especially honor our Military Past & Present for their incredible sacrifices that we in America can enjoy the Freedoms we still do.  PLEASE, AMERICANS, Let us not lose these freedoms because we become passive and uninvolved in fighting government corruption. The ONLY way we can truly thank all those who have given up so much – Patriots & their Families – is by fighting for the divine Constitution of this great nation and for supporting programs to assist them! Let us Citizens NOT Dishonor their names and Service, by allowing others to degrade that service by challenging our Constitution, Failing to Aid those who serve in the Military, and Failing to Acknowledge the God who orchestrated these freedoms in the first place! I encourage all to read these great books written by great authors in honor of this Memorial Day we celebrate!  

Learn More About This Impressive New Author – Lea Carter! Finalist in The Best Indie Books of 2013 Awards! Join the MAY Blog Hop the 15th – the 31st, for a Chance to WIN her First TWO Books!

This impressive new author has created a Fairy Fantasy series call the ‘Silver Sagas’. Her first books are incredibly well done. These are perfect for ages 9 – 16.  Lea was actually a Best Indie Book Finalist with her second book of the ‘Silver saga’!            1. Welcome Lea! You grew up on a farm in Neosho, Missouri. What part of Missouri is that? What were some of your daily duties growing up on your farm? Neosho is in southwest Missouri, near the borders of Kansas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. We rotated through the indoor chores, but we all had to help in the garden, planting, weeding, hoeing, watering, etc. You must have had a large home to support that many individuals! 2. You were the youngest of 11 children. How many brothers? How many sisters? Which siblings were you closest to?  I have six brothers and four sisters. The two closest in age are both sisters.  Oh, I do envy anyone who has sisters. 3. When did you decide to become an author and why? It was so long ago that I’m not even sure it was a conscious decision. I was always writing something, and usually mixing…

Book 2 of a Great, New Fantasy series ‘Silver Majesty: Silver series’ by Lea Carter – Book Review by LAWonder10

  The second book is even more exciting than the first! “Check out” this new, exciting fantasy series, created with older elementary and middle school age children in mind! These are great chapter books and are good for Summer Reading Programs! It is time for King Nathaniel to “step down” and yield his Crown to the next chosen King of the Silver Fairy Tribe chosen by the Council of Citizens. The King must have royal bloodlines. Since King Nathaniel only has daughters and only one is single, Rebecca’s chosen husband will become king. However, she receives  not only one suitor but three – the Council of Citizens will decide who. The problem is, Rebecca despises one, is childhood friends with another, but her heat belongs to the third. Will they concede to the decision of the Council and have to choose separate paths He is least likely to be chosen. The most likely, she will simply have to learn to like. There are many events and procedures they must each experience to prove their abilities and qualifications to rule. Grave decisions must be made. The book successfully progresses from one scene to another. There is plenty of action and adventure….

‘A is for Abstinance’ Book Blast and My Personal Book Review! – LAWonder10. Check in next week for my Interview with Kelly!

Welcome to this great ‘A is for Abstinence’ Book Blast & Giveaway Open until June 16th, presented by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer book Blog and Tour presenter!   A is for Abstinence is a SEQUEL and is meant to be read after ‘V is for Virgin’. If you haven’t read V and would like a copy, you can purchase it here or through Amazon, B & N or on author’s website. A is also more of a NA/Adult contemporary than YA. The characters have grown from the first book and are older now, and the book was written with a more mature audience in mind. It’s still PG-13 (Kelly does not write steamy sex scenes) but it’s not as squeaky clean as her YA stuff either. Keep that in mind if you’re a sensitive reader or thinking about passing it to your teenage daughters. {Taken from Kelly Oram’s post to me} SYNOPSIS: Six-time Grammy Award-winning musician Kyle Hamilton has it all—money, fame, talent, good looks, and a job he loves. His only regret in life: walking away from a certain notorious virgin because he was too prideful, stubborn, and even afraid to give her the…

Discover this Terrific New YA Novel of ‘Stubborn’ by Jeanne Arnold – Book Review by LAWonder10.
Adult Books / May 21, 2014

  It wasn’t her fault, yet Avery had to suffer not only embarrassment of the awful prank, but the total disruption of her life because of it! At the beginning of the summer preceding her Senior year of High School, Avery had to travel from New York, by train, to “Podunk” Dakota and spend her Summer Vacation there, helping her aunt run a boarding house. Further torture was having to give up her cell phone as well. She was “cut off” from her friends and civilization! Little did she know what awaited her in the weeks and months to come. From a boring mundane beginning, the action and adventures soon began to develop. Unexpected developments began to multiply to the point of no return…Her life would never be the same! Jeanne Arnold did  terrific job in her character development.  Some of them were easy to love and other caused mixed emotions. The variety of characters were very real and the reader experienced various emotions portrayed by the characters.. In addition, the author created a picturesque description of supporting background scenes and events. Although the title was too simplistic and dull to attract a”browser’s” attention, it still fit the story. The…

Hey, Fantasy lovers…! Here is a New Fantasy Novel – ‘The Silver Princess’ by Lea Carter is Perfect for 8 – 16 Years of Age Audience!

The Silver Princess is a light, refreshingly “clean” fantasy, ideal for the younger YA and older elementary age group. Fairies in this series are tiny like “Tinkerbelll”. The live in many hidden areas around the world. The Silver Princess – Rebecca – was the youngest princess in the Silver Fairy Tribe Kingdom. While out on her frequent riding adventures, Rebecca was thrown and became disoriented when her head struck a rock. Confused and disoriented, she lost her way and ended up in enemy territory. She was discovered by a stranger she was uncertain was friend or foe. New adventures and danger awaited the young princess. What would her fate be? There was a very real possibility she might never return home. The characters were creatively developed and the accompanying scenes were well portrayed. The  Title was simple but applicable, as was the book cover. The “flow” was sometimes disrupted by sudden or incomplete chapter conclusions. This is a great chapter book for older elementary, especially young girls. I felt the story lacked energy. My review of this book offers a Three and a Half Stars rating. *This book was sent by the author for an honest review, of which I…

‘Revelation’ Book Blitz & Giveaway! Stop by this site and Read!
Adult Books / May 21, 2014

  This is a great opportunity on the second week Blitz, to introduce you to a new novel series – ‘Revelation”!                                    About the Book:                                                                            ‘Revelation’            (The Revelation Series, Volume One)             Genre: New Adult Paranormal Roman                            Published: May 1st, 201 Eve Collins starts her freshman year at college blissfully unaware that one revelation will challenge everything she’s believed to be true about her family, life, and future, and right in the midst of it all is Asher St. Michael. Mysterious and aloof, Asher is appointed to protect Eve at all costs. Bound by his oath of loyalty to mankind, loving her is forbidden. Dark and enigmatic, Gage Gallagher may be even more dangerous to Eve than the demonic army that hunts her. Caught in the middle of a centuries old war, Eve must choose sides knowing that the wrong choice will cost more than just…

A Truly Outstanding YA Book – ‘”V” as in Virgin’ by Kelly Oram – Book Review by LAWonder10
Young Adult Books / May 20, 2014

  What a delightful tale! Kelly Oram has once again “blown” her audience away, with her new -very prevalent – series beginning with ‘V is for Virgin’! Valerie was adopted by a very wonderful couple who loved her as their own. The  only tokens she had from her birth mother was a necklace with her initial V on it she wore around her neck and a very worn letter. In her senior year of high school she felt she was truly in love with Zack After a dreadful date when they had “the Talk” everything changed. Vicious rumors arose at school. Her peers were unmerciful. Finally, during lunch, she could take it no more and did the unthinkable! From that point on her whole life spun out of control. Her best friend, Cara, was her one true confidant and could always seem to make situations better. As best friends,, they balanced each other out, although very different in their goals and personalities.They worked together on the student council. Planning their annual school festival, Cara made certain they were put over the music. With her connections, she got her and Valerie backstage passes to try to persuade the popular band to…

‘Stubborn’ Book Blog Tour & Giveaway! – May 19 – May 23, 2014 – My Review of ‘Stubborn’ will be posted on the 22nd!
Adult Books / May 19, 2014

  Hi, Everyone! I am excited today to help promote  a new YA book – ‘Stubborn’ by YA author Jeanne Arnold. The Book Tour is Hosted by: IFB Tours &, also, Itching For Books! Be sure to click on my Review of  ‘Stubborn’ on this site!   BOOK DESCRIPTION: With a train ticket, a bad attitude, and an unfortunate scribbling of obscenities across her forehead, seventeen-year-old Avery Ross is tossed out of the frying pan and into the fire when she’s sent from New York to the vast oil field region of North Dakota. When a green-eyed boy with a sultry Texan accent comes to her defense, Avery has no clue that his actions will lead her into a passion-charged summer, full of temptation and loss. Defiant and relegated to work at her aunt’s boarding house, Avery discovers a connection between her aunt and the striking boy. He and his brothers are seeking revenge for the wrongful death of their sibling, and Avery becomes entangled in their battle over oil rights, loyalty, and love. Avery falls for the brooding, younger brother, Gabriel Halden, against her aunt’s forewarnings and creates more tribulations than any of them could anticipate. ABOUT THE AUTHOR…

Winner Will Receive Not One, But Two Books in this Exciting Giveaway Blog Hop – “May 2014 New Release Hop”! It is Such FUN!

I am excited to present a chance to WIN Two Books in a new, exciting YA Fantasy Series! Aren’t a Giveaway Blog Hops Wonderful!! This time it is Hosted by… by Book Nerd Canada on May 14th, 2014  Twitter: @booknerdcanada   For This Hop, yes, the first TWO books of a wonderful new Author’s fantasy series are being offered!…It’s true! The Second book is being released this month! Isn’t that fantastic? Be sure to visit this site again in a couple of weeks to view my review of her books and a personal Interview with author – Lea Carter! About Lea Carter: Lea Carter (1982-??) was born in Neosho, MO, the youngest of eleven children. Between working on the family farm, attending Church and school, and playing with her siblings, she somehow found time to write. Her work progressed from childish attempts to recreate the magic she found in the books that she read to competition-winning short stories, published annually in the Crowder Quill.   Learn more about Lea Carter in an Interview with her on this site, May 26th, 2014!                                                                         BELOW IS INFORMATION ON BOTH BOOK ONE AND BOOK TWO OF THE – *SILVER SAGAS. Goodread’s Synopsis: Have…

‘Stolen’ by Merrill Gemus – book review by LAWonder10
Adult Books / May 18, 2014

Stolen was a continuation of Bitten and thankfully left out the sexual details or situations but still used too much profanity which still made it undesirable for Young Adult reading. The author is a talented writer with a unique subject idea but in a style for a young audience, yet not desirable fir that age range to read. Humor, intrigue and drama are all within the pages of this novel. The Title was OK but not remarkable. The book cover eerily fit but is not eye-catching. In spite of the profanity, the author still earns Four Stars for talent and skills.

‘The Newport Ladies Book Club: Paige’ by Annette Lyon – Book Review by LAWonder10. Especially great for Christian readers!
Adult Books , Young Adult Books / May 15, 2014

Paige is a single mom who had thought her life was perfect before her now ex-husband proclaimed his unfaithfulness with one of her “Friends”. Her parents were serving a mission for the LDS Church and her siblings were scattered. She ended up moving to CA to be near her ex-in-laws to have some support and help out with her two sons if ever necessary. There was a great void in her life with no husband, family nor friends so when she discovered a flyer needing ladies for a book club she responded thus began building friendships. She also met a wonderful man during a lunch in the cafeteria of her business building. That friendship grew into a relationship. Everything comes to a head during Christmas and New Years. Not only her life had complications but also in the lives of those in the book club.  She has many decisions to make and she is now at the point she is Capable of making them. The beginning of the book, and through the middle of it, is very intense and I couldn’t wait to get to the next page. Towards the end it got a little wordy and some of the…

iRead Book Tours Presents Book Blog Tour for the Exciting New Release of ‘Hypocrisy’ by – Daniel M. Annechino ! (May 2nd – June 20th) Read my review on May 27th!
Adult Books , Uncategorized / May 15, 2014

     I am honored to feature this New Adult Book in compliance with  …..      I would like to introduce this a story – for those who enjoy the drama and action of big city police detectives – and its author, Daniel M. Annechino. Be sure to stop by and read my review of this book on May 27th. Book Synopsis: Dr. Lauren Crawford is a brilliant research scientist who discovers a revolutionary treatment for cancer that not only extends life, but much improves the quality of life for terminal cancer patients. The treatment, in some instances, can even cure certain cancers. On the evening before Dr. Crawford holds a press conference to announce that the FDA has given preliminary approval of her new cancer treatment, somebody follows her to her car and puts three bullets in her head. Was it a planned murder with a motive, a mugging gone badly, or merely a random act of violence? Two New York City homicide detectives, Amaris Dupree and T.J. Brown, are assigned to the investigation. The detectives evaluate the circumstances surrounding Dr. Crawford’s death, and follow a trail of clues that exposes a sequence of startling facts. One by one,…

What a Delightful Book! …..’Prejudice Meets Pride’ by Rachael Anderson – Book Review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Young Adult Books / May 14, 2014

  This is such a fun, light drama! Do opposites really attract? Find out for yourself in this refreshingly whimsical novel by Rachael Anderson! Emma has just graduated from college but when tragedy hits, she places her plans on hold to help her brother out of difficult circumstances. When she arrives at her new destination, what she feared was an awkward situation, only kept getting worse! Kevin was successful in his profession and a “good guy” …that is until the neighbor across the street moved in! This was fairly predictable to a point but it was so cleverly written, it didn’t matter!  The Title fit the story quite well but the book cover is not in sync with the meat of the story. The “browser” looking for a book can easily be misled. It was refreshingly clean and yet was largely realistic. The characters were genuine and well defined. The supporting scenes were depicted clearly and was easily visualized. I could barely put it down to even get some sleep! Because of the book cover and the predictability, my review of this book offers a Four and a Half Stars rating. *I received an e-copy of this book in exchange…

May I Suggest… Blog Hop through May 16th! For this Giveaway Hop, I am Featuring “Shade” by Marilyn Peake…A Must Read!

Hi Everyone! This is my very first blog hop ever! Bear with me and they will only improve with time! This incredible hop is hosted  by Stuck in Books. May I Suggest,,,Blog Hop will run from now until May 16th. Be sure to visit the other great blogs participating in this event!   The book I am offering is a new release which I have not had the opportunity to personally read yet, but I have heard a couple of great reports from those, whom I trust.  You have an opportunity to win an exciting new YA mystery novel with an aspect of Paranormal added to it. Is your curiosity stimulated yet?… Mine is! ** All you need to do this time to have the chance to win this novel is: 1. Enter a comment below stating why you feel this would be a book you would enjoy                                                                                       2. Leave an email address I can contact you with should you be the lucky winner 3. Follow me by email, Bloglovin, Twitter, Google+, or Facebook by clicking the icon on the right side bar & tell me which one and the name you followed with. Goodread’s Synopsis:  Thanks to her…

Children’s Book Week Giveaway Hop 2014! Enter to Win Two Children’s Books! Visit each blog for a chance to win additional Children’s books or Gift Certificates!
Children's Books , Uncategorized / May 13, 2014

   Copyright © 2014 Mother Daughter Book Reviews, All rights reserved. I am delighted to be a part of this Hop in Honor of Children’s Book Week, Hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviews and by Youth Literature Reviews.  You can win TWO of Award-Winning Author, Donalisa Helsley’s, wonderful Children’s Books: About this author: Donalisa is an award winning children’s book author. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, David, her daughters, Jadyn and Genesis and their miniature schnauzer, Shadow. She is Wild About Reading and has written many stories since she was a child. Donalisa has a Masters in Social Work and is a family and children’s therapist. She has worked in behavioral health with children and adolescents for over 12 years. Her mission is to encourage a love of reading in our children and re-ignite the love in you.  Goodreads Synopsis of The Worry Glasses: Do you find yourself worrying about almost everything? Do your worries seem extra large? MJ knows the feeling. She’s a big worry wart. Visit with MJ as she learns how to take off her “Worry Glasses” and take control of her anxiety.  View  the worry glasses Goodreads Synopsis of My Warp Speed Mind: Do…

Enter Now! Book Blast & Blog Tour Giveaway – 2nd Phase until May 25, 2014!! Meet Your Match Book Series by Rachael Anderson. Enter Sponsored by

 Enter here for the exciting Blog Tour And Book Blast Giveaway Sponsored by Kathy at  I am Am A Reader, Not A Writer.  Be sure to read my review of this delightful book on this site! Prejudice Meets Pride by Rachael Anderson After years of pinching pennies and struggling to get through art school, Emma Makie’s hard work finally pays off with the offer of a dream job. But when tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to make a cross-country move to Colorado Springs to take temporary custody of her two nieces. She has no money, no job prospects, and no idea how to be a mother to two little girls, but she isn’t about to let that stop her. Nor is she about to accept the help of Kevin Grantham, her handsome new neighbor, who seems to think she’s incapable of doing anything on her own. Fun, compelling, and romantic, Prejudice Meets Pride is the story of a guy who thinks he has it all figured out and a girl who isn’t afraid to show him that he doesn’t. It’s about learning what it means to trust, figuring out how to give and to take, and realizing that…

‘To Bear an Iron Key’ by Jackie Moorse Kessler Book Tour & Giveaway !… May 5th to 18th! Be sure to stop at this site May 15th for my Review!

  Be Sure to Read my Review of the Book Below! Title: TO BEAR AN IRON KEY Publication date: May 6, 2014 Publisher: Month9Books, LLC. Author: Jackie Morse Kessler To Bear an Iron Key is the first in a new and exciting series from acclaimed author Jackie Morse Kessler. Five years ago, the young witch Bromwyn refused a gift from the powerful fairy king. Tonight, on Midsummer, that decision comes back to haunt her. When her best friend Rusty picks the wrong pocket, he and Bromwyn are all that stand between their village and the rampaging fairies who have pushed through the World Door. If they cannot outwit the fairy king and queen before the World Door closes at sunrise, the friends will lose everything—their village, Bromwyn’s magic, and Rusty’s life. From To Bear an Iron Key by Jackie Morse Kessler: “Bromwyn turned to face the burning fields. Reaching deep inside of herself, she closed her eyes and touched the core of her power, the place where her magic lived, where it connected her to all of Nature. She held onto that magic, let it fill her almost to the bursting point, and then she cast it out onto the fields. It blanketed the rows of spelt, and she felt as it rode the wind—Air—and then…

Interview with ‘Stone in a Sling’ Author – Major Scott A. Meehan! Join me in learning more of this awe-inspiring man!

   I am thrilled to introduce this amazing man and his equally amazing story…Major (Ret.) Scott A. Meehan!  This indeed is an honor for me. 1.  Scott, your life began in Baltimore, Maryland in a country setting with family members close by. When you were approximate 8 years of age your parents moved to Chicago, Illinois to receive bible and pilot training. Your school experience vastly changed. What types of changes did you experience at the first school transition and then on to the private school? The students were made to feel safe and part of the ‘nuclear’ family in the suburban Baltimore school environment. Not so in the first transition to a city school in Chicago. The bullying bordered criminal, even in an elementary school and most of the teachers were indifferent. Kids learned to adopt a survival mode each day. Thus, the change to a private school a year later. My parents had financial help for this to happen in the best interest of the whole family. The private school was a Christian school, and much of the teaching was Biblically oriented.  However, according to your book, the bullying did not cease at your Private school either. 2. …

Light, Delightful Reading…’Special Delivery’ by Traci Hohenstein – Book Review by LAWonder10

This was a delightful story of a Female OB/GYN who was resigned to staying single and content in a comfortable partnership with her father who was retired. She came home from a short vacation only to discover her father had interviewed and hired another doctor specializing in infertility. At first, she found it very difficult to accept until she slowly became better acquainted with the new partner. This is light reading. There was drama, romance and light humor. There was some harsh language but not severe profanity. The story-line had a steady flow to it and there were several points that would enhance book club discussion. This was very well-written. The title and book cover fits the story in a humorous way. The characters seem real and the background scenes described in away that is easily visualized. My review of this book offers it a Five Stars rating.

A True Story of ‘Stone in a Sling: A Soldier’s Journey’ by Major (Ret.) Scott A. Meehan – Book Review By LAWonder10. Join me in two days for my Interview with this incredible individual!

  ‘Stone in a Sling’ is a riveting, true story of Scott Meehan’s road to military duty and the, sometimes, miraculous changes that road opened to him. Join in the incredible journey with this amazing story of Scott’s memoirs. Beginning his young life in Baltimore, Maryland, living in the country surrounded with relatives, he and his brother, Russ, were secure and happy. Through a career change of his father, that contentment was disrupted as he and his family moved to Chicago, Illinois…a big difference. At first the school was a challenge but he quickly made friends with an unlikely group and all seemed good. Then he was transferred to a private school where things became more difficult.  After his father completed a few years training there, he was transferred various places in the next five years. By Scott’s tenth grade year, the training complete, they were stationed in Columbia where Scott finished his high school years amongst much commotion. At graduation, in much turmoil, Scott returned to the United States unsettled, restless, and non-productive. He had a life changing experience which led him to enlist in the Army’s Special Forces…a choice he came to truly question. From this point on,…

‘Shades of Honor’ by Wendy Lindstrom – book review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Young Adult Books / May 6, 2014

I am so discouraged… a perfectly sweet and wonderful story was corrupted with a totally unnecessary explicit sex scene. The additional one, of the marriage night, may have passed as slightly explicit but still unnecessary. With that said, this was a well-written story of the struggles of a gallant man, Radford Grayson, who daily struggles with post war distress. After his three year old daughter is abused by a nanny he goes back home to raise her near family and friends. He pledges her safety to her and himself. He was raised very close to his three brothers. They owned and built a saw mill with their father. After the father’s death right at the end of the Civil War, Rad could not settle because of the trauma he was living. Now, three years later, his younger brother cannot seem to welcome him back. He assigns Rad to help build the livery of their close friend and father of the brother’s fiancé, Evelyn. Readers will relate to post war syndrome, many of the every day struggles of individuals to succeed and still be able to have life outside of work. The story flows in a manner which ‘pulls the reader…

‘Desperate Situations’ by Abby Holden – book review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Mystery/Suspence / May 6, 2014

This was an adventure packed, intriguing novel. The author did her research and it was well-written. A Special Forces ex-military man decides to become a mercenary for a year because of the incredible pay. As a top-notch company which took tremendous risks. it required only top-notch people to serve as member. The special forces book hero, Jake McCrew, displays, humor, strength, integrity and loyalty. The “Chief” is strong, strict, demanding and appears somewhat cold yet at times displays sense of caring and humor. The co-pilot, Cowboy, is dedicated, devoted and loyal to the “Chief”. Other personalities are personified in a way that draws the reader in. It is a tribute to many men and women who sacrifice so much to have our country free and help other countries as well through its;’ strength. I would only like to see these strengths portrayed with more principles and values. It contains quite a bit of profanity and a couple of brief sexually explicit occasions. The Title depicted the story well, and although the book cover was complimentary to the storyline, it is too dark to attract “Browsers” attention. The characters seemed real and the supporting scenes were well described and easily visualized….

‘Adventures With Scarlett the Dolphin Green Sea Turtles’ by jennifer Wallis – book review by LAWonder10
Children's Books / May 4, 2014

This was very creatively written and contains interesting information on ocean life. It is educational, colorful and a sure “hit” with children.                       This is a great reading book for early elementary…Perfect for story time or for Summer Reading Programs! The illustrations by Jennifer Wallis were very well done and outstandingly colorful. The Title states it all. The book cover is equally well done and wonderfully eye-catching! The review of this book can not be lass than a Five Stars rating. PURCHASE THIS BOOK FROM AMAZON HERE. [raw] [/raw]

‘Wanted’ by Kathi Oram Peterson, Narrator – Kymberly Mellon – Book Review by LAWonder10

  This fast paced, intriguing Mystery is captivating from the first page to the last!  Kymberly Mellon does an excellent job with voices as the narrator of the Book on CDs, bringing even more energy to this great mystery. Early in the plot, the reader mostly determines “who did it” but the story still does not lose momentum. Veterinarian, Jo Powers is called upon to use her skills on all types of animals…even the two legged ones. After having a few shattering experiences in the past six years, she must endure even more. Her past haunts her two weeks before her wedding.  Who can she trust? What must she do? After a devastating failed marriage,  she had moved on. Her brother, son and dad had been a great support and comfort for her. Now, the past two years she had also had the support of her friend and fiance. This is a novel of past and present feelings tied up into one enormous perplexity. Is there such a thing as second chances for all? The book cover is excellent but too dark to be eye-catching. The title is a very good “fit” as well. Reader’s will love and hate the…

The Amazing Author of ‘All my Belongings’ – Cynthi Ruechti

 It is with great pleasure I introduce Cynthia Ruchti – a very talented Christian author as my guest today.   I am honored to have this Interview privilege and to celebrate with her the “official” release of her new book ‘All My Belongings’ May 6,2014 and to applaud the sequel ‘When the Morning Glory Blooms’ which will quickly follow!   1.  Were you raised in WI? Tell us a little of what your childhood was like? This question is actually related to the background of the novel All My Belongings, and other books I’ve written or am writing. I was born in Oceanside, California in a Naval hospital just two days before my Marine Corps dad shipped off to the Korean War. When I was only 8 days old, my mom and I flew to Wisconsin to live with her parents until Dad came home from the war. (Hints of that wove their way into my last novel—When the Morning Glory Blooms.)  After Dad was discharged from the Marines, we lived in Florida, several places in South Dakota, several others in Minnesota, and then when I was about twelve years old, our family landed in southwest Wisconsin, where my parents lived…