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On His Bended Knee: a Sweet Marriage of Convenience series (The Brides of Purple Heart Ranch, #1)
by Shanae Johnson
Publication date: October 11th 2018 | Genres: Adult, Romance, Western
She needed a place to stay. He needed to save his ranch. Together they just might make a home.
Sgt. Dylan Banks lost more than just his leg in the war. His fiancée and family turned their backs on him as well. Now, he’s determined to create a safe place where wounded warriors like himself can heal. But a hidden zoning law requires all residents of the Purple Heart Ranch to be married. To save his dream, Dylan and his men will have to tie the knot—but can a man with such deep scars inside and out believe in love again?
Maggie Shaw lost both her job as a veterinary technician and her apartment on the same day. Who knew her unreasonable landlord would kick her out for being four dogs over the one pet limit? Now, she and her gang of special-needs dogs are in trouble. Fate puts her in Dylan’s path with a proposal that seems too good to be true—but can her heart bear a loveless marriage of convenience?
Dylan yearns to reach out for Maggie’s healing touch, but he keeps his distance, convinced his wounds are too deep for her embrace. Maggie sees past Dylan’s injuries, but if she fails to capture his heart they both could lose it all: her beloved animals, his ranch, and each other.
Find out if love can truly heal all wounds in this light-hearted, sweet romance of convenient arrangements that unfold into lasting love. On His Bended Knee is the first in a series of marriage of convenience tales featuring Wounded Warriors who are healed with the power of love.
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Shanae Johnson was raised by Saturday Morning cartoons and After School Specials. She still doesn't understand why there isn't a life lesson that ties the issues of the day together just before bedtime. While she's still waiting for the meaning of it all, she writes stories to try and figure it all out. Her books are wholesome and sweet, but her heroes are hot and her heroines are full of sass!
And by the way, the E elongates the A. So it's pronounced Shan-aaaaaaaa. Perfect for a hero to call out across the moors, or up to a balcony, or to blare outside her window on a boombox. If you hear him calling her name, please send him her way!
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The Merkabah Series by L.Z. Marie
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
The Merkabah Recruit (The Merkabah Series Book 1):
A mystical shape. Three gruesome murders. One reluctant hero. And the only person able to prevent the next murder is an anxiety-prone recruit. Divorced and depressed, Daphne Sites is stunned to learn that a unique empathic ability allows her to identify otherworldly life. So when a secret organization asks for her help, it’s difficult to refuse.
Serik Jalani is the man who must convince the reluctant recruit to assume a chilling mantle of responsibility. There’s only one way to do this. Reel her in slowly. Except Daphne suspects Serik is not being entirely truthful. About the organization. The mission. And even his true identity.
As Daphne attempts to keep her new job secret from two sassy sisters, one jealous ex-husband, and a bimbo Barbie neighbor, she struggles to embrace the mysteries of a cosmic technology and realize her own self-worth.
If Daphne hopes to stop the next murder and stay alive, she must first confront her biggest problem. Herself.
The first in the Merkabah Series about a forbidden love that destroys an ancient legacy.
The Merkabah Deception (The Merkabah Series Book 2) :
An insidious evil threatens to escape into our world and only an empathic professor can stop it. Psychotic episodes spread through a prestigious prep school and the headmistress seeks help from an occult society. Daphne Sites, the newest member, must determine if the mass hysteria has unearthly origins. She’s a bit anxious—this is only her second assignment.
Daphne soon discovers she’s in way over her head after a terrifying encounter with a possessed student. Attacks by thugs and nonhuman enemies don’t bolster her courage or confidence either!
The search for answers sends Daphne to the Amazon jungle, Ecuador’s majestic cathedrals, a creepy hacienda, and a ghoul-infested catacomb. If Daphne hopes to live, she’ll have to figure out the truth from the lies.
Legends, lies, and lust thwart an empathic woman’s attempts to stop a supernatural evil in the second book of the Merkabah Series, where a forbidden love destroys an ancient legacy.
The Merkabah Temptation (The Merkabah Series Book 3):
A dating website leaves a trail of shriveled bodies and Daphne Sites is on case. But following the string of clues to solve this mystery requires working with the man who broke her heart.
As if that wasn’t difficult enough, a shady magician, a vicious hellhound, a devious predator, and SJ’s ancient enemy are determined to see her fail. Not to mention the other misguided beings—human and otherworldly—that keep Daphne on her empathic toes.
From the city morgue to San Francisco’s Chinatown to a Napa Valley winery, Daphne struggles to find the murderer and learn the truth about SJ and The Watchers.
Legends, lies, and lust thwart an empathic woman’s attempts to stop a supernatural evil in the third book of the Merkabah Series, where a forbidden love destroys an ancient legacy.
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LZ Marie writes paranormal romance with mystical sass. She uses another pen name for her historical fiction.
LZ lives in southern California and wishes she could get to the beach more often. She adores lattes, swimming, vacations, a great book, and hanging out with her very large family. A intriguing mystery-thriller, action-adventure, historical fiction, or urban fantasy will have her reading into the wee hours of the night.
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What will the master of Pemberley do when confronted with the mercurial whims of an all-powerful angel?
Fitzwilliam Darcy's well-ordered life is about to become a chaotic nightmare. A man of fortune, property, and social prominence, he has everything he could desire. Blissfully married to his wife, Elizabeth, they have a two-year-old son. With so much to live for, Darcy is shaken by a near-fatal riding accident. After a miraculous escape, he is visited by an otherworldly being: an angel of death named Graham. Threatening dire consequences, Graham compels Darcy to guide him on a sojourn in the world of mortals.
Darcy immediately questions the angel’s motives when he demands to be a guest at Pemberley. Can he trust Graham's assurance that no harm will come to his wife and child? And why does Graham insist on spending time with Elizabeth? How can Darcy possibly protect his family from an angel with power over life and death?
In this romantic fantasy, the beloved couple from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice must contend with both human and unearthly challenges. Are the fates against them? Or will their extraordinary love conquer all?
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lReview by LAWonder10:
This well-written, entertaining novel is an adaptation from Pride and Prejudice and Meet Joe Black.
The character of Fitzwiliam Darcy as flawless. That was primarily Graham's reason for taking the action he did. He felt this was his one opportunity to , briefly, experience earth life. Darcy is helpless, yet, unsettled in this arrangement. Can he truly trust Graham?
This story uses characters out pf Pride and Prejudice yet uses the story line from Meet Joe Black. There are enough differences to make it legitimate.
The characters are portrayed in a realistic way and the scenes can be easily visualized.
The Book Cover and Title were chosen well and are eye-catching to "the Browser".
I offer a Four Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me with n suggestion for a positive review. This is my honest review.
Historical fiction author Kelly Miller discovered writing late in life, but it has quickly become a favorite pastime. When not pondering a plot point or a turn of phrase, she may be found playing the piano, singing, reading, or walking. Kelly Miller resides in Silicon Valley with her husband, daughter, and their many pets.
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The Art of Rivers (Coastal Hearts #3) By Janet W. Ferguson Christian Contemporary Romance Paperback & ebook, 299 Pages June 30th 2019 by Southern Sun Press LLC
Rivers Sullivan bears both visible and invisible scars—those on her shoulder from a bullet wound and those on her heart from the loss of her fiancé during the same brutal attack. Not even her background as an art therapist can help her regain her faith in humanity. Still, she scrapes together the courage to travel to St. Simons Island to see the beach cottage and art gallery she’s inherited from her fiancé. When she stumbles upon recovering addicts running her gallery, she’s forced to reckon with her own healing.
After the tragic drowning of his cousin, James Cooper Knight spends his days trying to make up for his past mistakes. He not only dedicates his life to addiction counseling, but guilt drives him to the water, searching for others who’ve been caught unaware of the quickly rising tides of St. Simons.
When he rescues a peculiar blond woman and her sketch pad from a sandbar, then delivers this same woman to his deceased grandmother’s properties, he knows things are about to get even more complicated.
Tragic circumstances draw Cooper and Rivers closer, but they fight their growing feelings. Though Cooper’s been sober for years, Rivers can’t imagine trusting her heart to someone in recovery, and he knows a relationship with her will only rip his family further apart. Distrust and guilt are only the first roadblocks they must overcome if they take a chance on love.
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
It had been a year since the horror of watching a drug abuser take the life of her fiancé and nearly her own, as well.
Her fiancé had done all the paperwork insuring all they owned would be shared. She had inherited his Mercedes and his grandmother's house on the coast. It had taken her all this time to be able to face the task of clearing the house out for sale.
Upon arriving, she felt unable to begin her task. As an artist, she was dewan to the beautiful landscape and the setting sun. She walked on the beach to a sandbar and was caught up in her drawing when she suddenly realized she was trapped with water all around her. The water quickly rose as she stood there in desperation.
It was Cooper's shift to patrol the beach for any tourists caught up in the quickly rising tide. He spotted someone waving frantically, nearly submerged. Annoyingly, the woman insisted her artbook be save before she would allow herself to be puled into the boat for safety.
Since she was stranded, he offered to take her home. When he discovered her car parked at his grandmothers long vacated house, he realized who this woman had to be!
This is a adventure/mystery with romance and the emotions which often surround romantic interests.
The characters are very realistically developed and the scenes are easily visualized. The Boo Cover is simple, yet eye-catching. The Title is cleverly chosen They both are a good "fit' for this novel.
This is a very good book to share with a Book Club. There are several societal issues addressed, which should provoke an intense discussion.
This earns a Five Stars rating.
Although this book was gifted me, I received no pressure to post a positive review. This is my honest review.
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Janet W. Ferguson grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served as a children’s minister and a church youth volunteer. An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. She writes humorous inspirational fiction for people with real lives and real problems. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a cat that allows them to share the space.
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Her Christmas Pregnancy Surprise by Jennifer Faye
Publication: November 1st 2019 by Harlequin Romance
ISBN: 1488043930 (ISBN13: 9781488043932)
A festive reunion…
…with an unexpected gift!
When Pepper Kane’s home and bakery are burned down in the weeks before Christmas, billionaire CEO Simon Ross—the man she spent one unforgettable night with—comes to the rescue! Pepper knows this playboy doesn’t do relationships, but staying with him in his penthouse and caring for an abandoned puppy, their spark is rekindled… And then comes a festive surprise that shocks them both: she’s carrying his baby!
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
After the death of her grandmother Pepper had no other family. However, her grandmother had made it possible to fulfill her lifelong dream. Pepper was the proud owner of a very successful bakery. She had worked very hard with very little "down time" to make it happen.
Early one morning before anyone else had arrived, she notices a very handsome man sitting with his coffee, looking very sad. She took time to visit with him, which became a weekly routine before discovering he was the wealthy owner of a very successful pet play-store. She could hardly believe she was catering his Grand Opening! Nor could she believe what happened next!
It had been weeks since she had last seen the wealthy Simon Ross. Their parting had not been a pleasant one. Now her grief was increased by a new chain bakery opening so near her shop. People were curious and visiting there instead. Hopefully, the Holiday commitments she had would keep her from bankruptcy.
Little did she know what twists were soon coming!
The character felt so real! The scenes and emotions evolved into an enthralling story, perfect for a book to relax and totally enjoy.
This was a, mostly, predictable tale, but was so effectively written, I could not put it down. It captured my complete interest.
It earns a Five Stars rating
*This book was gifted me with no suggestion for a positive review. This is my honest review
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Book Title: The Art of Taking It Easy by Dr. Brian King
Category: Adult Non-Fiction (18+) | Genre: Literary/Self-Help/Humor
Publisher: Apollo Publishers | Release date: October 2019
Tour dates: October 15 to Nov 12, 2019 | Content Rating: PG-13+
Psychologist and Comedian King explores the science behind stress in this witty, informed guide. The author uses a bevy of running jokes and punch lines to enliven technical explanations for how and why people experience stress. His metaphors of coming across a bear in the wild as well as being stuck in traffic are also used to great effect to explain a variety of stress responses, such as perceiving a threat and feelings of powerlessness. Reframing thoughts plays a large role in King's advice: Stress is simply a reaction to a perception of threat being able to consciously redirect choices made by other areas of the brain is the key to living a less stressful existence. He also provides breathing exercises, plants for painting physical health and useful advice for setting attainable goals. King's enjoyable guide to living with less will be of help to any anxious reader.
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Feeling Overwhelmed And Exhausted (pages 214) – Art of Taking It Easy: How To Cope With Bears, Traffic, And The Rest Of Life’s Stressors - By Dr. Brian King
I will suggest is simply to smile, even if you have to force it - smiling and laughter make us happy. Remember, the brain interprets physiological cues from the body to determine its emotional state. There are a few studies that show we can elevate our mood by tricking our brain into thinking it is smiling. One way that works well is to hold a pen, pencil, or similarly shaped object in the mouth with the teeth sideways. This creates a facial configuration similar to a smile and immediately elevates mood in most people.
You can try it yourself, if you are feeling down one day and there’s nothing you can do to feel better, PUT A PEN IN YOUR MOUTH. Try it, it can’t hurt. Just don’t bite down too hard.
There are individual differences of course, but in general the more we smile, the happier we become. Are you familiar with the phrase “fake it until you make it”? In this context, it is absolutely true. Even Botox injections, which inhibit frowning, can increase happiness There are individual differences of course, but in general the more we smile, the happier we become. Are you familiar with the phrase “fake it until you make it”? In this context, it is absolutely true. Even Botox injections, which inhibit frowning, can increase happiness.
About the Author:
DR. BRIAN KING trained as a neuroscientist and psychologist and for the past decade has traveled the world as a comedian and public speaker. By day he conducts seminars, attended by thousands of people each year around the US and internationally, on positive psychology, the health benefits of humor, and stress management. By night he practices what he teaches in comedy clubs, and is the founder and producer of the highly reviewed Wharf Room comedy show in San Francisco. Dr. Brian holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas, a master’s degree from the University of New Orleans, and a PhD in neuroscience from Bowling Green State University. Hailing from New York and living in dozens of cities throughout the US as the child of a military family, today spends his life on the road with his partner, Sarah, and their young daughter.
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Amber Sky by Cassia Leo
Publication date: October 18th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
From New York Times bestselling author Cassia Leo comes a new stand-alone novel, Amber Sky, the haunting, atmospheric love story of Walker Ainsley and Cassidy O'Connor.
A devastating car crash leaves Cassidy O'Connor stranded in rural Pennsylvania. Her only company is Walker Ainsley, the ruggedly handsome man who saved her from the wreckage and took her into his home. But when her ride back to town arrives after the crash, Cassidy can’t bring herself to leave Walker behind. She is determined to convince him to go back to town with her, until she begins to wonder if she actually survived the crash that brought them together.
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Growing up in Disneyland by Ron DeFore
Publisher: Waldorf Publishing (July 15, 2019) | 348 pages | ISBN: 1643166263
Category: Memoir, Disneyland, Entertainer Biographies, Coming of Age
Tour dates: Oct-Nov, 2019
Growing up in Disneyland by Ron DeForePart biography about TV and movie star, Don DeFore, and his son’s accounts of life in a celebrity family and beyond. Don DeFore made more than 35 movies in the ‘40s through the ‘60s and co-starred in more than a dozen. He is best known for his role as “Thorny” the first next-door-neighbor on “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” and “Mr.B” in the 1960s TV sitcom, “Hazel.” The book includes much of Don’s unpublished autobiography, ‘Hollywood-DeFore ‘n After.’
‘Growing up in Disneyland’ is a metaphor for Ron’s life growing up in a celebrity family filled with Fantasyland adventures he equates to a Forest Gump type life, from meeting the Beatles, Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, and other celebrities as Associate Director of the Steve Allen Show. His nearly 20 careers include a mid-life crisis as the Flying DJ at an L.A. discotheque to political positions within the Reagan Presidential Administration to establishing his own company. ‘Growing up in Disneyland’ is also to be taken literally, as Ron spent much of his youth in Disneyland where his father owned “Don DeFore’s Silver Banjo Barbecue” restaurant in Frontierland. Ron and his brother, Dave, have given presentations to various Disneyland interest groups after which many attendees suggested, you should write a book.
‘Growing up in Disneyland’ will be enjoyed by any age group from baby-boomers that remember Don DeFore’s many beloved acting roles to those that don’t but are curious how life was in the good-old-days, especially growing up in a Hollywood celebrity family. Ron has had so many careers and adventures along the way that readers will have much to keep them from putting the book down.
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
Son of celebrated actor, Don De Fore, Ron delights readers with his memoirs, He relays a portion of his life as Don De Fore's son. Unlike many celebrity's children, he and his siblings felt very loved and an important part of their dad's life.
He makes a brief introductory to his mother, a former singer, and his siblings.
The majority of his book is taken from his father's, unpublished, autobiography. Both his and his father's memoirs are written in an entertaining way, with a whole chapter of photographs.
Many reader's are not aware of the many "Stars" he worked and co-starred with. Many more will be surprised what part in politics he played.
Don De Fore was one of "Hollywood's Greats" and who better to share him with readers, than his own son?
Ron' s writing style is very impressive. Often memoirs tend to ramble on but this one, mostly, retains his/her interest.
*I offer a Four and a Half Stars for this non-fiction story.
*Although this book was gifted me, there was no pressure for a possitive review. This is my honest review.
Praise Growing up in Disneyland by Ron DeFore“I enjoyed the flow of the book and how the author kept the momentum going, allowed the reader to adjust and then took them on a journey where they experienced the larger than life personality of Don DeFore. The language was simple yet encouraging. Ron DeFore draws the reader in and once they have entered the colorful world of the DeFore family, they won’t want to leave. Incredibly vivid and entertaining!” – Rabia Tanveer for Readers’ Favorite
“I found the life and works of both author Ron DeFore and his father Don to be a truly fascinating tale of legacy, the surreal nature of fame and the bubble-like existence which that kind of family life brings with it. Ron writes with a candid nature and kind words, recalling many adventures with a nostalgic tone that is sure to hit the hearts of those who were living during the time of the Beatles and the Beach Boys, to name but a few. For me, it was a glimpse into a past I’d no experience of, and the recollections by both Don and Ron brought everything to life with fascinating detail and authentic voices. I learned an awful lot during this heartfelt tale, and I would certainly recommend ‘Growing Up in Disneyland’ to readers who remember the fifties, but also those who would like a true portrait of Hollywood lives at the time.”-K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite
“A must Read Biography of a Film Star and Television Icon. A fascinating read to hear his story from the viewpoint of his son, Ron who experienced every kid’s dream/ a wonderful childhood who had a golden pass to Disneyland”-Rick Lertzman, Amazon Review
This is not a book all about Disneyland. It is more of a metaphor for my entire life beginning with growing up in a “Hollywood” celebrity family and into adult life filled with countless jaw-dropping experiences and career changes I equate to the life of Forest Gump. However, the title is a double entendre–it is to be taken literally as Dad was the only person to ever own a concession inside Disneyland bearing the name of a real person, “Don DeFore’s Silver Banjo” barbecue restaurant in Frontierland from 1957 to 1961 (see Chapter 32, “Gee Do We Have to Go to Disneyland, Again?”)
Don DeFore, was a well-known celebrity in the 1940s through the 1980s, a beloved actor of his time, along with Ozzie, Harriet, David and Ricky Nelson, Hugh Beaumont and Barbara Billingsley (“Leave it to Beaver”), Robert Young and Jane Wyatt (“Father Knows Best”), Shirley Booth and many others, because they were America’s first TV families when television was in its infancy. TV was a small box with black and white images that offered up good, wholesome entertainment that post-World War II families savored.
So, my book is a combination autobiography and biography of my celebrity father and yet it’s also his autobiography because for the first time his unpublished memoirs are here for his many fans to enjoy. We start with one of Dad’s better-known roles as “Mr. B” in the 1960s TV series, “Hazel.”
The chemistry between Dad and Shirley Booth (as Hazel) was magical. It wasn’t just good acting—you could feel the chemistry—something very rare in any production. I got to be in the first episode of “Hazel” playing the part of one of “Harold’s” friends all decked out in football gear—no speaking, just a lot of cheering. Some of my friends got to join me, including one of Dick Van Dyke’s sons, Barry. So that’s what they call being an “extra” and for that day’s work we got what all extras got: $36. A few years prior, my brother, sisters and I also were extras on the “Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.” As brother Dave reminds me, we each got $20.
Being in the first episode of my father’s own TV series was an important event in my life for a number of reasons. I learned a number of things that would be helpful later in my own TV production career. First, it can take several hours to film 20 seconds of what you see on the screen; some actors learn their lines before shooting the scene and some do not. Dad did; Shirley, not always. I learned how they can fake a shot. One of the scenes I watched them film was a character kicking a football clear across the field into somebody’s chimney. Well, the actor really didn’t have to do that—it was done later with special effects.
I also got to be at work with my father for a day, something not all kids have the opportunity to do. I got to know the assistant director and second assistant director, both of whom would later be my supervisors at Paramount Television—Herb Wallerstein and Bob Rosenbaum. They were some of the best bosses I ever had. Besides being vice president of Paramount TV production, Herb directed several episodes of “Star Trek” and “Happy Days.”
The role of “Mr. B” lasted four seasons, from 1961 to 1965. In Dad’s contract for the last season, his agent was able to negotiate a ten percent participation of the ’65 season for which the estate still receives royalties. However, beginning with the fifth season, NBC sold the show to CBS and presumably, as part of a cost-cutting move, the network switched the format eliminating the roles played by Dad and Whitney Blake as Mrs. Baxter. History has shown, and many comments on my Don DeFore Fan Club Facebook group have proven, removing them
from the show was not such a wise move. As proof, “Hazel” lasted for only one more season with the new cast as ratings plummeted.
Speaking of “Hazel” royalties, I was contacted in January of 2018 by a film production company preparing to produce a documentary about the late singer and actress, Whitney Houston. There have been a number of Houston documentaries produced, this was the 2018 production directed by Oscar-winning director, Kevin Macdonald. They wanted to license the use of about twenty seconds of a “Hazel” scene with Dad and Whitney Blake. What the heck would that have to do with Whitney Houston? It turns out her parents named her after Whitney Blake! Talk about out of left field! Sure, just make the check out to the DeFore Family Trust. Thanks Dad!
About Ron DeFore
Ron DeFore is the second son of movie, television and Broadway star, Don DeFore. He has one brother, David and three sisters, Penny, Dawn, and Autumn.
He has had nearly 20 careers from TV and film production, real estate, Disc Jockey, senior executive in the Reagan Administration, to forming his own successful public relations firm in Washington, D.C.
Ron has since retired from his firm and continues to consult and write, “Growing up in Disneyland” being his major project since 2018. Ron is married to Laurie Gambino
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Reason for Concern: Mrs. B Mystery by Anita Kulina
Publisher: Brandt Street Press (August, 2019)
Category: Cozy Mystery, Women Sleuths
Tour dates: October & November, 2019
Available in Print and ebook, 240 pages
Description Reason for Concern: Mrs. B Mystery by Anita KulinaMrs. B is back on the case with a new mystery to solve!
People don’t vanish into thin air. Yet no one has seen Alice since St. Mary’s Senior Center had their Supper Club outing on Sunday. As Mrs. B learns more about her friend, the disappearance seems to involve a burglary, an emerald necklace and maybe even a motorcycle gang.
Where in heaven’s name is Alice?
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
This book is a pleasant read, when wanting to relax. It also provides a couple of great points for discussion at Book Clubs.
Mrs. B and Anne are members of St. Mary's Senior Center. While a carpool list was made, a new member, Alice, was left off. Mrs. B. & Anne included her with them. After the dining activity, Anne was nowhere to be seen. They looked everywhere, then determined she must have found a different ride home. However, when they arrived home and opened the trunk to take the purses they had stowed there out, Alice's was there. Who would go home without their purse?
Alice was not at the Senior Center the next day, or the next, or the next..
The ladies tried in vain to find her. Isn't anyone else concerned about her being missing?
The reader may be surprised with the ending of this mild mystery.
The characters and scenes are well-developed and easily visualized. The Title and Book Cover are a good "fit".
To me, it was slightly predictable and drawn out. However, it is a relaxing "quick read" for "lazy day" entertainment. It also provides topics for discussion, i.e. "Prejudgement", "Becoming More Aware of Others", "Relationships".
I offer a Three Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me with no pressure for a positive review. This is my honest review.
" I don’t know Alice very well,” Mrs. B said. “Is she the kind of person who would do this, disappear and you’d have to go look for her?” She pulled an old, faded blue handkerchief out of the pocket of her yellow blazer and wiped her hands.
“ Beats me, I never talked to her before today,” Anne said, then added, “Well, that’s not entirely true. I used to see her down the Legion Hall but that was years and years ago, when I was married to my first husband. You know, on Saturday nights when they used to have the dances. We would say hello to each other there. But then her husband died, I remember he was only thirty-nine, can you believe it? Heart attack.”
“That’s so sad,” Mrs. B said.
“Two little kids, too. Alice never came down the Legion after that. I wasn’t even sure she was still in Burchfield until she showed up at the Senior Center last week. Never see her at the supermarket. She must go to the one in Rockwood. And we never see her at St. Mary’s. I think she might be Protestant.”
Mrs. B was puzzled. “Didn’t you talk to her at crafts last week?"
“No, no, remember, I was doing that silk embroidery with the mahjong ladies,” Anne said. “Oh, that’s right,” Mrs. B said. “I forgot. Did you finish that little purse you were working on?”
“Friday afternoon I stitched the last feather on the fan. It really turned out cute, I’ll have to show you,” Anne said as she reached for the berry-stained handkerchief. “You know, when you told me you asked Lily if the mahjong ladies could show me how to sew like that, I was a little mad at you. I didn’t want to sit at their table. All those Chinese ladies. I never knew any Chinese ladies before. But as soon as I got used to it, I really had a lot of fun.”
“I’m sorry for putting you in a spot,” Mrs. B said. “I didn’t realize.”
Anne wiped her hands and handed the handkerchief back. “Oh, you were just being nice. I know I kept telling you and telling you I wanted to learn that silk embroidery. Ever since my first husband brought me back a robe from overseas. Oh, it was lovely, Edwina. I wish you could have seen it. Royal blue silk, you know, that heavy silk, with a big parrot all up and down the back.” She swept her arm to illustrate. “That one lady, the chunky one who always wears purple, I don’t know how to say her name, she was so patient, showing me how to do the stitches. Thank goodness for Lily, though, translating. We’d have done the whole week in pantomime.”
Mrs. B folded the handkerchief so the berry stains were inside and put it back in her pocket.
“Even with Lily’s accent, I always understand everything she says.”
The sun glinted off the lion tamer’s big red coat as they rounded the last corner. “Poor Alice,” Mrs. B said. “Didn’t you feel bad this morning when we were all in our cars getting ready to leave and her name wasn’t on the list for carpool? I guess it happened because she was so new, but still. She had to feel awful, standing there all by herself. I’m glad we had room for her in your car.”
Anne said, “Always room for one more, that’s my motto. But where the heck is she now?” They were at the front of the restaurant again, next to the tiger. A path at the end of the parking lot led to a sidewalk. A few little buildings were clustered along it, a block or two away. “She must have gone home with somebody else,” Mrs. B said. “You don’t think she would have walked down to those shops, do you?”
“Let’s check before we head home.” They got back into the car, and Anne put her key in the ignition. “I’d hate to leave her stranded here.”
Question of Devotion: Mrs. B Mystery by Anita Kulina
“I found it captivating and funny how one elderly lady’s typical life changes from doing games at a senior center to investigating a crime.
The characters including Mrs. B are believable. For fans of The Murder She Wrote, Piriot, and Columbo, readers will love this book. I was engaged, entertained, and can’t wait for the next installment. Mrs. B is my new favorite lady detective. Smart, brave, and funny. Overall, I recommend A Question of Devotion to all.”-Danielle Urban of Urban Book Reviews
“ This is a wonderful cozy mystery. Mrs. B is a sweet little old lady that knows everyone and everyone knows her. Most people might not think of her as a detective but that is not going to stop her search for the truth. I loved reading about her bumbling around on the internet. But I loved the interaction between her and Kelly.
If you like cozy mysteries look no further. This one has a great story and some hair raising events. I will be looking forward to other books in this series.”-Jessica Bronder of J Bronder Book Reviews
“I adored A Question of Devotion and Mrs. B. It’s my goal to be Mrs. B when I “grow up. The mystery in A Question of Devotion is shockingly not a murder! However, it was a nice change to have a mystery that involved a robbery rather than your typical cozy mystery book murder. Mrs. B gets involved because the man accused of the crime is her good friend’s son. With some quick deduction, Mrs. B is able to help her friend. Along the way, you’ll meet some interesting characters at the senior center, and you’ll feel like you’re part of the story through the way the author describes this neighborhood. I definitely recommend A Question of Devotion to all of you cozy mystery fans! This one’s a keeper. I can’t wait for more Mrs. B.”-Christy of Christy’s Cozy Corners
“You know the warm glow you get from drinking a cup of hot tea or coffee? This book will warm your insides in the same way. For those of you who love frogs as much as I do, how about the pleasure you get from listening to the spring peepers at the beginning of each spring? Reading this book gives one the same feeling. Hmm. Is there such a thing as a warm, comforting mystery? If so, this one definitely falls into that category.”-Lisa of Lisa’s Writopia
Achievement in Literature award from the Community of Hazelwood (in Pittsburgh PA)
About Anita Kulina
Anita Kulina has been writing since she was nine years old and kneeling, pencil in hand, at the coffee table in a house very much like Mrs. B’s. Nowadays, she writes mystery books. When she’s not writing, she helps people tell their family stories. Anita’s other books are Millhunks and Renegades and A Question of Devotion: A Mrs. B Mystery.
Immortal Defiance (Dulcea’s Rebellion, #1)
by Laura Maybrooke
Publication date: October 10th 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal,Romance
Some things never die. Hope. Heroes. Defiance.
Things take a strange turn for Dulcea, the elven enchantress turned war heroine and Dragonmistress, when a countryman’s betrayal lands her in enemy hands.
As she awaits her execution, a stranger with mysterious powers offers her another chance at life. Will she die here or risk what sinister fate he has in store for her?
Can Dulcea reclaim her rightful place and lead her army once more? Or does Krath, the man who travels the Realm of the Dead as one of its own, prove to be the obstacle that fells her rebellion?
… Or will this immortal vampire warrior turn out to be the best chance she has of defying the ancient evil arising in the west?
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Guest post: Q. “In what ways has writing affected other aspects of your life?”
(A.) Seth Godin is known to have said: “Here’s the thing: The book that will most change your life is the book you write.” I believe this is true. Writing has touched many aspects of my life and made me, I dare say, better because of it. I have been writing for about 25 years now, and I believe this has made me more productive and more emotionally aware. During that time, I have learned a lot about myself and learned a whole slew of things I otherwise would not know. Writing has been an escape, a comfort, a thrill, and a friend. It has helped me score good grades in school and pull off a few university-level diplomas.
Here are a few ways in which I believe writing has affected my life:
More knowledgeable Medieval history. Availability of different products in the olden days. Ancient war tactics. First pianofortes. Different ways to color fabrics. Names for the different parts of a sword. Weight of metals. Poisonous plants. These and many more are all subjects I have researched for the fantasy romance adventure series Dulcea’s Rebellion, of which Immortal Defiance is the first book. Writing makes you curious, not only about things pertaining to your current writing project, but about the world in general. You never know when something you read can help move your story forward.
A better career. Until the beginning of this year, writing has been only a hobby for me. I completed several books over the years, but I never seriously thought they would ever be published. I work fulltime, and I love my job. Writing, however, has made me more eloquent, and gotten me interviews and opportunities early in my career I don’t think I otherwise would have gotten at that time. I have been asked by a future boss if I wrote for hobby – that they could see if from my application. Flexing my creative muscle has led me to new opportunities, and I firmly believe I would not have had the career path to the position I now enjoy at work without the creativity and thirst for knowledge that writing has helped to bolster in me.
Never lack a thing to do I have a favorite fridge magnet, according to it: “I live in my own little world. But it’s ok, they know me here”. I am never bored or without a thing to do. Even if all other plans for entertainment fail me, I can always escape to a world of my own. These characters are so familiar to me they almost feel real, and I have laughed, loved, and grieved along with them. Pen a few stories, and I’ll guarantee you, too, will never again be without company.
Learn dedication and persistence. To be the best you can at something, whether writing or something else, it requires persistence and dedication. Few people are innately so talented they do not need to work for their success. Whatever your craft, you will necessarily face some critique at some point in your career of it, but you must not let it dampen your spirits. Like Roy T. Bennett said: “The one who falls and gets up is stronger than the one who never tried. Do not fear failure but rather fear not trying.” I have despaired over my work, agonizing over no word being good enough for print, but I have persisted through those times. It is natural to feel defeated by your craft sometimes, but by not giving up, you learn to hone it through dedication and persistence. That is what I feel has happened to me; I am much more tenacious and persistent than I would be without having been a writer for 25 years.
“I live in my own little world. But it’s ok, they know me here.” (Who besides me has this fridge magnet; raise your hand!)
That’s sometimes what it feels like. Who says stories aren’t real? I live in the land of the Midnight Sun and Polar Nights, together with my husband and daughter, and a cast of fantasy characters running around in my head. It’s busy here. Care to stay and chat a while?
Laura Maybrooke is an 80s’ child, who works too much and writes too little, but who’ll never say no to a thrilling romance, a high fantasy adventure, or a cookbook full of delicious treats she’d like to bake one day.
Author links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter
TREK: My Peace Pilgrimage in Search of a Kinder America by Rand Bishop- On Tour
Publisher: Weightless Cargo Press (August 20, 2019)
Category: Memoir, Travel, Politics, Culture | ISBN: 978-1-7330299-0-2
Available in Print and ebook, 384 pages | Tour dates: Oct-Nov, 2019
Description TREK by Rand Bishop2017, America was turning mean. Heartsick, Rand Bishop couldn’t sit idly by. His action plan, however, had friends and family questioning his sanity. At 67, on bad knees and arthritic feet, with minimal camping experience and zero knowledge of long distance hiking, Rand set out to walk 900-miles, from Southern California to the Central Oregon Coast.
How an aging pilgrim managed to survive a 90-day test of will and endurance is only a fraction of this inspiring tale. The newfound hope Rand gained by listening to and interacting with a thousand people from nearly every walk of life is the true heartbeat of the TREK story.
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
This is an entertaining true story of one mans efforts to try to help heal "our Counry".
The story unfolds as Rand Bishop explains how the idea unfolded and what he did in preparation. He would go on a 900 mile TREK from LA coast to the Oregon coast.
As a former, country music entertainer, he planned on doing min-concerts along the way. Although he met interesting people, learned new views, and discovered much about true "Christians" and those who profess to be, in some ways his TREK was disappointing. Was it worth it? Read his book and find out!
Because "life" happens, his trek didn't quite accomplish all he hoped it would. Nevertheless, he can be content to know he truly sacrificed and tried to do his part in healing America's division.
With a daily journal entries and additional experiences, this book is very inspiring and well-written.
I offer a Four and a Half Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me with no pressure for a positive review. This is my honest review.
A personal note:
Rand made a comment that in early America men stole people from their country to become slaves. In fact, men of their own race kidnapped them and sold them to European, then American individuals. Slavery is inhumane at any time. Many "indentured servants" from many countries were treated much the same . Today, "human trafficking" is in a larger scale than slavery has ever been. Most are not aware of it. It involves children and women of all races.
Rand also eludes to the on-going election debate from 2016. Much misinformation has been given by the media who is stirring up all this hate and contention. Debating isn't violent, name-calling and attacking, it is voicing opposing view with documented material to back up one's views. This is one thing that makes America special - the freedom of speech. When the attacks, anger and hate are made, that is from individual's efforts to eliminate this freedom. Dictators, and other Socialist countries, cause its citizens to be fearful of voicing an opinion because of devastating consequences. We must not allow this to prevail in our country.
~~~~~ Advance Praise TREK by Rand Bishop ~~~~~~“I love this book. I laughed, I cried, I walked down memory lane. I drove a big truck for 12 years, many by myself. I know those roads and my feet hurt just reading about this journey. Thank you, Rand, for sharing your story.”-Nancy B. Thompson, Amazon
“The author’s musings on this once in a lifetime adventure make the reader feel as if she is on the trail alongside, experiencing all the emotional highs and lows without getting blisters on her feet. I loved every word; every page; every chapter! TREK is a delightful a book ~ I didn’t want it to end!”-Robyn Taylor-Drake, Amazon
“I loved turning to TREK when I couldn’t take the news any longer. It was like I was able to follow along in my worn down tennies — go at the pilgrim’s pace, meet the people he was meeting, see what he was looking at, while feeling the swoosh of trucks zooming by way too close and way too fast. More than a trek, this is a journey of discovery!”-Randall Platt, Amazon
Writing Awards Rand Bishop:
^ First Place Nashville Screenwriting Conference for the original screenplay Tin Roof.
^ Three Star Award The Tennessean.
About Rand Bishop:
Oregon native Rand Bishop is a Grammy-nominated songwriter, platinum music producer, musician/singer, author, and lifelong activist for peace, justice, and equality. In his 45 years as a music-business professional, Rand recorded for major labels, shared stages and harmonized with legends, contributed compositions to more than a dozen feature-film and TV soundtracks, several stage musicals, and amassed more than 300 tunesmithing credits.
Rand has authored five published books, is an optioned, award-winning screenwriter, a produced playwright, and, for six years, penned a bi-monthly column for American Songwriter Magazine. He has served on the boards of directors of three non-profits and currently acts as music director for the Central Oregon Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. In June, 2019, Rand premiered his original, one-man, musical, stage performance, TREK on Stage.
Website: http://www.randbishoptrek.com/ | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/randbishoppage/
The Last Thing She Said (A Chris Matheson Cold Case Mystery) by Lauren Carr
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +), 386 pages | Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Acorn Book Services | Release date: July 26, 2019
Tour dates: October 7 to November 22, 2019
Content Rating: PG-13 (Lauren Carr's books are murder mysteries, so there are murders involved. Occasionally, a murder will happen on stage. There is sexual content, but always behind closed doors. Some mild swearing (a hell or a damn few and far between). No F-bombs!
“I’m working on the greatest mystery ever,” was the last thing noted mystery novelist Mercedes Livingston said to seven-year-old Chris Matheson before walking out of Hill House Hotel never to be seen again.
For decades, the writer’s fate remained a puzzling mystery until an autographed novel and a letter put a grown-up Chris Matheson on the trail of a cunning killer. With the help of a team of fellow retired law enforcement officers, each a specialist in their own field of investigation, Chris puts a flame to this cold case to uncover what had really happened that night Mercedes Livingston walked out of Hill House Hotel. Watch out! The clues are getting hot!
REVIEW by LAWonder10:
This new book of the Chris Matheson series did not disappoint.
Once again, talented author, Lauren Carr, has delighted her readers with a humorous, slightly outrageous, entertaining mystery/suspence novel.
When Chris Maheson discovers a first edition book of The Last Thing She Said, by the long deoarted Mercedes Livingston, in addition to an accompanying letter, he was determined to fulfill the request to find the "real killer". By doing so, a decades old "cold case" would have to be opened. Needing the help of past friends, Chris was able to discover shocking events.
The mysteries keep evolving and the adventure never ceases. Once again, Lauren Carr keeps her readers guessing until the last page.
Lauren added two characters toward the end of the book, meant to add intrigue, but to me it was distracting. My mind kept trying to remember what part they played in the series. At the end it ties them in, but by thrn I was frustrated.
The characters were all so well developec, the reader forgets they aren'nt truly real. The background scenes are portrayed so they are easily visualized.
This is a fast paced tale. There are adult stuations, a word of "strong language", but there is no explicit sex scenes.
I offer a Four Stars rating for this book.
*This book was gifted me with no pressure to write a positive review. This is my honest review. I totally enjoy reading all of this author's books.
~~~~~~~~~ OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES ~~~~~~~~~
GUEST POST: The 900-lb Gorilla and Just One More Thing … By Lauren Carr
If you have nightmares about ending up in someone’s book, then you should know that there are certain things that you should never say to a writer—especially a murder mystery writer.
For example, never ask a mystery writer, “Who taught you how to use commas?” Depending on your tone when you ask that question, your fictional counterpart is bound to end up on the wrong side of a toxic substance.
One of my least favorite phrases is “If you’re ever looking for something to do …”
As the wife to a man who can’t fry an egg (Really! Seriously! The last time he tried to fry an egg I ended up having to feed an entire team of volunteer fire fighters.), mother, church volunteer, and full-time writer, I am never looking for Something-To-Do. Truthfully, I spend a great deal of my time hiding from Something-To-Do.
After twenty years of marriage, I started replying, “Do I look like I’m looking for something to do?” My husband didn’t get the message until I boxed his ears. Then, he slowly backed away and never said that again.
One day, I am going to write a post about what not to say to a writer—unless you want to end up in a book.
This is not that post.
I think most of you are quite familiar with the tendency of adding just one more thing to your to-do-list —usually because you are a nice person. (You have my permission to reach around and pat yourself on the back for being a good person.) Or maybe because that little thing is something that you rather enjoy thinking about doing. It isn’t until it is time to actually get up and do it that it becomes a burden.
The very thought of that Just-One-More-Thing seems quite miniscule while it is a thought inside your head. Then, it ceases being a thought and turns into a reality. Before you know it, Just-One-More-Thing is transformed into a 900-pound gorilla that has decided to sit down right smack in the middle of your to-do-list. That wouldn’t be so bad if it’d move down on your list so that you can put off addressing him until tomorrow like everything else on your list.
But, believe me, 900-pound gorillas are impossible to move.
My latest Just-One-More-Thing started out as one lasagna.
During church a couple of weeks ago, my friend Gail requested food for a reception following a funeral. Instantly, my husband’s eyes lit up and he turned to me. “Lasagna,” he mouthed.
I thought, “Gee, I haven’t made a lasagna in quite a while. It only takes a couple of hours to prepare and assemble a lasagna.” So, I went to Gail and volunteered to make a lasagna for the funeral reception. At which point she handed me a huge pan—big enough for three lasagnas.
Okay, my one lasagna is now three, plus one for my family.
Except, when I make a lasagna, I don’t just make a single lasagna. I make several lasagnas, cook one for dinner, and then pack up and freeze the rest. Then during the upcoming months, when I get busy and don’t feel like cooking, I’ll take one out of the freezer and pop it into the oven.
Last winter, I went through five lasagnas in one month.
I confess, it has been a while since I made batches of lasagna.
The day after I had volunteered to make the giant lasagna, my husband came home with six foil pans in anticipation of my culinary delight. In one day, my couple of lasagnas had multiplied up to ten. One enormous pasta dish for the church, six to be frozen, and one for dinner.
Just smile. It will only take a few hours, and everyone will be happy afterwards, I kept telling myself. You’re such a good girl. Everyone will love you.
As the day approached, my husband kept requesting a grocery list of what he would need to purchase. Finally, on Saturday, I sat down to count up the lasagna pans and add up the amount of the ingredients. I came up with five boxes of noodles, five huge jars of sauce, a half a ton of Italian sausage, and a ton of various cheeses.
He came back from the store with five boxes of noodles, half a ton of Italian sausage, ground beef, and pork, a ton of various cheeses and one regular size jar of sauce.
“What happened to the sauce?” I asked.
“That’s plenty of sauce,” replied the man who has yet to figure out how to turn on the toaster. “Let’s not go crazy.”
“Dear, it’s a little late to suggest that,” I said. “I’ve volunteered to make an enormous lasagna to feed an army, plus enough lasagna to feed us until the end of the next Ice Age, and you bring me one jar of sauce!”
He handed me the car keys and said that if I needed more sauce, I could go back to the store to get it.
So, I did exactly that. Grumbling the whole way, I drove to the store and bought four huge jars of sauce and a giant cheesecake.
You see, over the years, I’ve learned something about 900-pound gorillas. There’s only one thing you can do when Just-One-More-Thing turns into a 900-pound gorilla.
Embrace it, feed it plenty of cheesecake, and the two of you will get along just fine.
Meet the author:
Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Thorny Rose, Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries—over twenty titles across four fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!
Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.
Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, and two spoiled rotten German shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.
Connect with the author:
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Hired to protect her
…unable to resist her
The job sounds simple: teach a businessman’s daughter how to stay safe. But former navy SEAL turned bodyguard Kyle Frasier has a personal motive, too. Harper Jansen is his late best friend’s fiancée. Loyalty demands he protect her, not that Harper looks in need of rescuing. In fact, it’s Kyle who needs help—balancing duty with his desire to build a life with the one woman he shouldn’t want…
REVIEW by LAWonder10:
Harper was the daughter of a very controversial and successful businessman. After the sudden death of her boyfriend, a few months prior, she was, now, ready to move on with her life.
Kyle was Harper's former boyfriend's best friend. he had refused to leave the Navy Seals with his best friend. Now he was, also, a former SEAL, and was in Harper's father's high rise, where his deceased friend's former employer, Dahlia, also had an office. Kyle hoped to fill the opening his friend's death had left. Another former SEAL friend, also worked for the company.
Ky;e had only met Harper's father once, but he immediately noticed him in the middle of a gaggle of protesters and press reporters, and someone trying to kill him!. He immediately interceded and got the man free from his attackers. Harper's father recognized Kyle, also, and invited him to "chat" with him. Upon learning pf Kyle's new civilian status, he hired him as Harper's temporary bodyguard.
Kyle hesitated to accept the offer, but he had made a promise to hi former buddy. He would make sure Harper was protected. He would have a problem keeping his attraction for the woman under control, but he would do it. She was nt at all what he expected a Billionaire's daughter to be like.
The adventures begin...
I love this author's writing! She always creates interesting stories which is sure to captivaate the reader from the beginning. There is always a degree of action, mystery and romance to her compositions. Her characters and background scenes are easily visualizes and seem real. Her Book Covers and Titles are always eye-catching, yet simple, and very "fitting" for the story.
I offer a Four and a Half Stars rating for this book.
*This book was gifted me with no suggestion of receiving a positive review. This is my honest review.
About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Carol Ross grew up in small town America right between the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains, in a place where you can go deep sea fishing in the morning and then hit the ski slopes the same afternoon. The daughter of what is now known as free range parents, she developed a love of the outdoors at a very early age. As a writer, Carol loves to breathe the life she has lived into the characters she creates, grateful for the “research material” that every questionable decision, adrenaline-charged misstep, and near-death experience has provided.
Christmas Eve Secret: Time Travel Novel by Elyse Douglas
Publisher: Broadback (September 16, 2019)
Category: Time Travel, Historical Fiction, Romance, Christmas
Available in Print and ebook, 440 pages | Tour Dates: October-November, 2019
A mysterious man from the past steals the time travel lantern.
When Eve and Patrick find it, they destroy it.
Eve’s life is shattered.
She must return to the past, where secrets await.
In the third novel of THE CHRISTMAS EVE series, Eve and Patrick Gantly are living a normal life in 2019 New York, preparing to celebrate the Christmas season. Patrick is taking courses in forensic psychology and Eve continues to work as a nurse practitioner. To their delight, she is three months pregnant.
Despite their happiness, Eve is having premonitions that something dreadful is about to occur. Concerned about the future and the safety of their child, she insists that they destroy the time travel lantern. Patrick is more cautious.
One afternoon when Patrick is out, a sinister man breaks into the apartment and forces Eve to give him the lantern. In many ways, Eve is relieved the lantern is gone. She hopes they can now live a more normal life.
A day later, Patrick shadows a woman who has been staking out the Gantly’s brownstone apartment, and he confronts her. To his and Eve’s utter shock, they learn that Lucy Rose is from 1924 and that she time-traveled with the man who took the lantern. He returned to 1924, but she chose to stay behind. She offers to sell the lantern back to Eve and Patrick, and they reluctantly agree, hoping to keep it out of unscrupulous hands.
Convinced that the lantern is a threat to their future happiness, Eve and Patrick decide to destroy it.
But the lantern has more power than they could have ever imagined. Once the lantern is destroyed, Eve’s life is completely changed. She must set off on an adventure, in a struggle that will return her to the past, where she will learn the secret of the lantern’s origin and delve into the farthest reaches of her heart.
Buy Christmas Eve Secret: Time Travel Novel by Elyse Douglas Amazon
REVIEW by LAWonder10:
Time travel at its best!
Patrick and Eve were in love, expecting a baby and living very comfortably in upper New York City. It felt too perfect and Eve had a foreboding feeling that something was going to upset this utopian existence. Little did she know the part she would play in shattering this existence.
Elyse Douglas effectively captures the reader's interest and maintains the steady flow of events and suspense throughout her novels. Each of this series can be read as a stand alone", but by doing so, the reader will definitely lose the full impact of this romantic escapes into the past, always risking landing in the wrong place in time.
The scenario in this third book, threatens to undo all the progress and happiness Eve has experienced. The reader will be emotionally "moved" and kept in suspense until the enD.
As always, the characters are very diverse, yet realistic in a way the reader will feel connected to them. The scenes are very visually portrayed, as well.
The Book Cover and Title are simple, but very applicable to the story. The cover will easily catch the "browser's" eye.
There are a few crude words but it is, mostly, clean and Young Adults will find this entertaining, too. The only other negative would be that during the midst of the book, it felt a little too "wordy" and slightly repetitive.
This earns a Four Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me with no pressure to offer a positive review. This is my honest review.
Excerpt Two: The Christmas Eve Secret by Elyse Douglas
Two days later, on Sunday evening, Eve returned from Riverside Park with Georgy Boy after a walk. She unfastened his leash, and he frolicked off toward the kitchen to drink some water. While Eve removed her coat and hat, she noticed Patrick standing by the bay windows, gazing out of slightly parted draperies.
“Did you notice anyone when you came from the park?” he asked.
“What do you mean, notice anyone?”
Patrick faced her. “I’ve seen this woman hanging around outside for the last day or so.”
“Are you getting tired of me, Mr. Gantly? You seem to be spending all your free time watching women come and go.”
“I’m serious, Eve. Twice when I’ve made a run to the wine shop or market, I’ve felt someone following me. It’s the old detective in me. Early this afternoon, I saw that same woman outside, two doors up, looking at our brownstone. Yesterday she was across the street near that pin oak tree.”
Eve stepped to the fireplace to warm her hands. “How old is she?”
“I’d say late twenties, with a thin build, small nose, oval face, wearing a black ski cap, dark hair sticking out, a long royal woolen coat and sheepskin boots. She moves about nervously, frequently glancing up and down the street.”
Eve started over to him. “I didn’t notice anybody in the park or walking up the street, but then, I’m not a former police detective and I’m not studying forensic psychology like you are. Is she there now?”
Patrick turned back to the windows. “No… I don’t see her.”
“It’s cold out there. You can’t stay out long in that sharp wind. Even Georgy Boy was happy to get back.”
Patrick moved from the windows to the fireplace, turning his back to it, feeling its warmth, watching the dance of shadows on the walls from the firelight.
“The girl is not my imagination. I’ve seen her four times now, and I’ve never seen her around here before. Her coat and hat do not look especially prosperous, and I get the feeling she’s scared.”
Eve shook off a shiver. “I don’t like it when your voice gets all low and serious. You sound like the detective I first met back in 1885.”
Patrick abruptly left the fire, went to the closet and removed his hooded black parka. He slipped on a pair of gloves and passed Eve a glance.
“I’m going to see if I can find her.”
Eve crossed to him. “Are you that sure?”
“Want me to come?”
“No. I’ll text you if I see anything. Meanwhile, you know where the .38 is?”
Eve dropped her gaze. “I don’t like it, Patrick. You know I don’t like guns.”
Patrick gently took her shoulders. “If that guy comes back, you might need it.”
“Why would he come back? He’s got the lantern.”
“Eve, I’m not going to stand here arguing. I won’t be gone long, and I’ll be watching the building, but don’t let anyone in unless it’s me, okay?”
“Of course I won’t let anybody in.”
He leaned, giving her a peck on the lips. “See you soon.”
Eve reached and tugged the hood up over his head. “Be careful out there, Detective Sergeant Gantly.”
After he was gone, Eve returned to the windows, parted the drapes and cast her eyes about the quiet street. The light was leaving the day, and two amber streetlights blinked on, their light gleaming off the two-day-old snow. She watched Patrick retreat left and walk down the street toward Riverside Park. When he left her line of vision, she felt a small twist of fear.
~~~~~~~~ Praise Christmas Eve Letter.............. ~~~~~~~~~
Time Travel Novel by Elyse Douglas“If you are a fan of authors such as Nicholas Sparks and Marybeth Whalen, or H.G. Wells or Jack Finney, you need to add this book to your shelves.
This is a romantic suspense novel with many dangerous and tense moments. As always, when one travels in time, the concern of consequences and potential changes to history and the future weigh heavily on both the traveler’s and readers’ minds. Those worries added to the atmosphere but were also handled skillfully. I smiled at a certain twist of color. It is a perfect bookclub read.”-Laura’s Interests
“The Christmas Eve Letter is a beautiful, poignant story. It is well written and will have you turning the pages eagerly.
All of the characters are well thought out, and believably written, together with the well-constructed scenery, that has you feeling as if you yourself have just stepped into the past.
The story is unique and moving. It will hold you long after you turn the last page. A perfect Christmas tale of love and hope.”-Whispering Stories
“The Christmas Eve Letter is a wonderful time travel book and one of my favorite books of the year.”–The Book Return Blog
Praise Christmas Eve Daughter: Time Travel Novel by Elyse Douglas“This book is the perfect vehicle for a movie, and I can only hope that there will be more in the series. This novel is truly as close to perfection as the reader could imagine! 5 Stars!”–My Devotional Thoughts Blog and Reviews
“I enjoyed the new characters, an update on characters from the first book, and the possibility for more books. If you enjoy time travel-themed novels you will love these books!”–StoreyBook Reviews
“I am most impressed that this book did so well as a stand-alone novel. Kudos to the author! If you are looking for a good Christmas book with time travel, give this a go!”–Carole’s Bookshelves
About Elyse Douglas
Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the married writing team Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington. Elyse grew up near the sea, roaming the beaches, reading and writing stories and poetry, receiving a master’s degree in English Literature. She has enjoyed careers as an English teacher, an actress and a speech-language pathologist.
Douglas has worked as a graphic designer, a corporate manager and an equities trader. He attended the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and played the piano professionally for many years.
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When Love Simply Is (Return to the Home Front Series, #3) by Tracey L. Dragon
Published by: Soul Mate Publishing | Genres: Adult, Romance
Publication date: October 2nd 2019
Laurel Richards, freelance journalist and photographer, on assignment to write about old inns in Western New York couldn’t have been more surprised or stunned when Sergeant Clay Randall, the six-two, blue-eyed hunk she’d had the poor judgment to succumb to on one witless night during a layover in Israel answered the door to the Lily Pad Inn. The last image she had of him was his cute, khaki-clad behind scrambling to leave her hotel room at the break of dawn, never to be seen or heard from again–not that she tried very hard to find him. Now three years later she couldn’t help but wonder what he was doing there–wearing a cocky grin and a white-flowered, kitchen apron no less.
When Ellie and Travis Johnson, the owners of the inn and Clay’s aunt and uncle, tell Laurel the history of the inn she becomes engrossed in the elderly couple’s love story that began during World War II at a U.S.-Based Military Hospital in Australia. As the story unfolds, Laurel learns that sometimes in the messy sea of humanity, love simply is.
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Excerpt: Fall 1949
Every muscle in his body twitched then tightened, as memories of laughter and heartache bombarded him and froze his scuffed boots in their tracks. Five years or a lifetime ago, he’d recognize the voice that still haunted his nights and echoed in his dreams. He was on the verge of leaving the much-needed supplies on the counter and high-tailing it out of there when the burlap curtain drew back and out stepped Ellie Bennett, though he guessed her last name was different now. He’d heard she’d gotten married a few years back.
“May I help you?” Ellie said, reaching up and combing strands of her hair down over her cheek.
His eyes strafed her from head-to-toe noticing every fine detail both large and small that had changed over the last five years. He’d often wondered what he would say to her if he ever had the chance to see her again.
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He picked up the sack of materials and with a slight nod in her direction turned and walked from the store. Dazed, he clamored into his battered vehicle, shifted into gear, and made it all the way to his worksite before realizing he’d left his wallet lying on the counter. Damn. With any luck, Mr. Bennett would be back at the cash register when he returned to pick it up. He didn’t think he could face seeing Ellie twice in one day. The next time he just might strangle her. She had a lot of gall pretending she didn’t recognize him. It may have been four years, eleven months, and a week since he’d seen her, not that he was counting, but he remembered every single, minute detail of the last night they spent together. The fact that she didn’t, cut to the bone.
Aw shit. He sure hoped they didn’t look inside his wallet.
Tracey L. Dragon is a relocated New Yorker, former Navy Wife, and retired educator who lives in Yulee, Florida with her husband Bill and Mickey, their black and white Miniature Goldendoodle.
Tracey's first publication came at the age of twelve when the short poem she wrote about the Apollo moon landing was published in her hometown newspaper. After seven military moves, raising two Navy brats, and twenty years teaching troubled youth and incarcerated adults, she is now able to put her full attention to publishing the children's stories and historic romance novels she's written over the years as a hobby.
Tracey's Adult Fiction Series, "Return to the Home Front" is a collection of dual-time military themed romance novels: The first three books "Cherished Wings", "When the Geese Fly North" are available in print and Kindle editions now. The third, "When Love Simply Is" will be released in October 2019 by Soul Mate Publishing.
Her "Military Brat Series" for children is also available with 3 stories available now and additional titles coming soon.
Tracey enjoys running, crocheting, and spending time with her grandchildren.
She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Florida Author & Publishers Association.
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