Secret Admirer’s Christmas Wish #2 by Dariel Raye
Publication date: November 10th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
When a former ugly duckling and the former class heart-throb come together as adults, they find out they have more in common than they realized.
Glenda Shaw knows firsthand what it’s like to be an ugly duckling, and now, she is roped into helping to organize her tenth-year class reunion. The speaker this year is none other than Hunter Teegs, the object of her dreams since their sophomore year in high school. She’s a dedicated social worker with a heart the size of Texas, but her hectic schedule doesn’t allow much time for dating or entertainment.
Hunter Teegs is a self-made financial powerhouse with a boatload of charisma and a winning sense of humor. He’s also a notorious womanizer and heartbreaker. He has no interest in settling down any time soon, if ever. To make matters worse, he has recently noticed details from his childhood that cause him to question everyone and everything he’s come to believe.
When Glenda and Hunter are brought together again, fireworks nearly knock both of them off their feet, and not necessarily in a good way. Glenda knows more than one secret about Hunter, and sharing the most crucial one could mean the end of their relationship before it even gets started.
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Dariel Raye is an animal lover, animal rights activist, a musician, therapist, and an award-winning, USA Today, and International bestselling author of powerful paranormal romance and dark urban fantasy with IR/MC (Interracial/Multi-cultural) alpha male heroes to die for, and strong heroines with hearts worth winning.
She is a classically trained mezzo-soprano and pianist who started singing with perfect pitch before she could walk, then fell in love with books and started reciting stories at the age of 3. Dariel plays over 11 musical instruments, including piano, organ, brass, and percussion.
Her stories tell of shifters, vamps, angels, demons, and fey (the Vodouin variety). Dariel is currently writing two series: "Dark Sentinels" (wolf shifters), and "Orlosian Warriors" (Vampire-like Nephilim).
For more about Dariel, follow her 'Musings' blog or visit her website. She also publishes a VIP Readers' Club newsletter. If you enjoyed one or more of her books, please post a review on review sites, and of course, click the follow button on Amazon to receive notifications about new releases. Join her VIP book club for updates, insider information, and access to early review copies of her books: https://darielraye.com/VIPbookclub/
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The Cowboy's Christmas Plan (Grass Valley Cowboys #1) by Shanna Hatfield
330 pages | Published (first published November 5th 2011)
Sometimes the most unexpected circumstances lead to the best adventures...
Cadence Greer’s plans for a happy-ever-after are quickly derailed when her fiancé runs off with his secretary a week before their wedding. Homeless, jobless, and jilted, she escapes to Grass Valley, Oregon, where she takes a job as a housekeeper and cook to seven cowboys on a sprawling ranch.
Trey Thompson is a well-respected pillar of the community, running a successful ranch with his brother. All he wanted was someone to cook meals and keep the house clean. When he hires Cadence Greer for the job, he gets more than he ever planned on, including a sassy little redheaded orphan.
Spend Christmas in Grass Valley at the Triple T Ranch, where mistletoe hangs in abundance and holiday magic floats in the air.
MY REVIEW (LAWonder10):
Cadence thought she had everything = a successful fiancé, a solid career, and she would be married in a few days. Then everything collapsed. Her ex-fiancé had persuaded her to get rid of her furniture and not renew her lease on her apartment since they would be living on his. She was now homeless and humiliated To her boss and good friend, her choice to leave was understandable but a great loss to him. The problem was, Cadence didn't feel she had have any options. Her parents moved to Mexico and she had only one other person she could rely on...her aunt and uncle who lived in a mall country town in Oregon They were delighted.
Cadence' aunt owned a small café It was immediately clear she was not cut out to be a waitress. She had to somehow find another job. The two eldest Thompson boys decided one day they'd enjoy a real meal at the café Their mother had moved away and neither of them were cooks. They ran a large ranch outside of town.. While observing the cute, disastrous waitress, but discover she could clean and cook, they immediately hired her...and she surely could cook!
Thus is a very engaging, romantic drama with enough twists to keep the reader captivated.
The characters will assuredly "steal the reader's heart". They are all fun ad endearing. The only part of the book I felt was inadequate was the Book Title which was not a great "fit".
I offer a Four and a Half Stars rating.
A hopeless romantic with a bit of sarcasm thrown in for good measure, Shanna Hatfield is a best-selling author of clean romantic fiction written with a healthy dose of humor.
In addition to blogging and eating too much chocolate, she is completely smitten with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.
Shanna creates character-driven romances with realistic heroes and heroines. Her historical westerns have been described as “reminiscent of the era captured by Bonanza and The Virginian” while her contemporary works have been called “laugh-out-loud funny, and a little heart-pumping sexy without being explicit in any way.”
She is a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, and Romance Writers of America.
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Darwin’S Secret Sex Problem: Exposing Evolution’S Fatal Flaw—The Origin of Sex by F. LaGard Smith
Darwin's Secret Sex Problem: Exposing Evolution’s Fatal Flaw—The Origin of Sex by F. LaGard Smith by F. LaGard Smith
Published March 1st 2018 by WestBow Press | 364 pages
Dr. F. LaGard Smith, author of the new book, “Darwin’s Secret Sex Problem: Exposing Evolution’s Fatal Flaw—The Origin of Sex,” says one insoluble problem in particular is reason alone for serious scientific dissent.
“ "The most crucial problem with evolution that Darwin never acknowledged was natural selection's inability to bridge the gap between non-gendered asexual replication (mitosis) and fully-gendered sexual reproduction (requiring meiosis),” says Dr. Smith. "Natural selection could not have provided simultaneous, on-time delivery of the first compatible male/female pair of millions of sexually-unique species—in the absence of which evolution’s bedrock assumption of common origin from lower to higher life forms could not possibly have happened. This is quietly acknowledged in the scientific community as the 'Queen of evolutionary problems’—the origin of sex—which, after countless studies, stubbornly defies evolutionary explanation.”
Smith’s research for “Darwin’s Secret Sex Problem” led him to conclude that evolution’s bedrock thesis of microbe-to-man common descent is not science, but science fiction.
"Given the unique nature of gendered, sexual meiosis compared with non-gendered, asexual mitosis," Dr. Smith explains, "the first-ever generation of sexual reproduction would have required 1) a never-before-seen male organism and a novel female organism, 2) magically having compatible chromosomes, and 3) a death-defying process of precisely halving their chromosomes, mixing them together in a revolutionary way, and then recombining to produce, not a clone (as in asexual replication), but a unique offspring unlike any on the planet. Not to mention the minor details of geographic proximity and an evolved instinct to mate—all absolutely required in Round One of sex to start the sexual ball rolling."
REVIEW by LAWonder10:
This author points out "insurmountable, unabridgable gaps" in Darwin's "microbe-to-man" evolution theory. The key word is "theory", being taught as fact in most educational institutions. Ths work by author F. LeGards Smaith is a very interesting, factual account of the serious flaws in Darein's theory, flaws Darwin himself admits.
F. LeGard Smith establishes the fact that scientists have great imaginations which accounts for numerous, amazing discoveries and inventions. Yet, he points out many things seem impossible but are more correctly termed "improbable". There are truly impossible things such a pigs flying. Darwin's "Theory" falls into the latter category and he gives, proven, logical, absolute facts to strengthen his stance.
This book is enlightening, engaging and thought-provoking, well-written with a touch of humor. The only negative I can add is the Cover is not "eye-catching' and, I feel, the Title does injustice to the book's content. Other than this, the book is a great, educational read!
I offer a Four and a Half Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me by the publisher with no suggestion for a positive review. This is my honest review.
Darwin's Secret Sex Problem is a witty, engaging, scientifically sound exploration of perhaps the greatest secret of sexuality the utter inability of Darwinian evolution to explain its origin (John E. Silvius, PhD, Senior Professor Emeritus of Biology, Cedarville University).
Darwins Secret Sex Problem is a witty, engaging, scientifically sound exploration of perhaps the greatest secret of sexuality the utter inability of Darwinian evolution to explain its origin (John E. Silvius, PhD, Senior Professor Emeritus of Biology, Cedarville University).
For Immediate Release (Murfreesboro, TN) — Over 1,000 academically-qualified, reputable scientists have publicly signed a statement dissenting from Darwinism. The growing list available for download at www.dissentfromdarwin.org includes respected scientists from the US National Academy of Sciences, Russian, Hungarian and Czech National Academies, as well as from universities such as Yale, Princeton, Stanford, MIT, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and others.
The statement being signed, “A Scientific Dissent From Darwinism,” is simple and straightforward:
“ "We are skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life. Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory should be encouraged. There is scientific dissent from Darwinism. It deserves to be heard.”
What Darwin Ignored . . .
For all his revolutionary insight into the fascinating processes of evolution so useful to current scientific research, health care, and technology, Darwin never seriously confronted the crucial, insurmountable gap in his grand theory between asexual replication and sexual reproduction. Nor could Darwin's famed natural selection have provided simultaneous on-time delivery of the first male/female pair of millions of sexually unique species required for evolutions bedrock premise of common descent a fundamental flaw fatal to the romanticized microbe-to-man Evolution Story.
What Darwin Ignored . . .
For all his revolutionary insight into the fascinating processes of evolution so useful to current scientific research, health care, and technology, Darwin never seriously confronted the crucial, insurmountable gap in his grand theory between asexual replication and sexual reproduction. Nor could Darwins famed natural selection have provided simultaneous on-time delivery of the first male/female pair of millions of sexually unique species required for evolutions bedrock premise of common descent, a fundamental flaw fatal to the romanticized microbe-to-man Evolution Story.
An author of over 30 books, Smith is best known as the compiler and narrator of “The Daily Bible”, which has sold over two million copies. But Smith says it was not his faith that was the catalyst for the book’s thesis.
“ "As a believer, I’m naturally concerned about the moral and spiritual implications of any explanation for the existence of life that does not need God or heed God. The theory of microbe-to-man evolution is inherently godless, providing no foundation for either morality, social justice, or an afterlife for the soul. But it was not those concerns that ultimately prompted the writing of this particular book. Rather, it was what I sensed to be a fundamental problem with evolution science that led me into deeply researching its fatal flaw—namely, evolution’s inability to explain the origin of sex."
About F. LaGard Smith:
After graduating from Willamette University School of Law in 1968 and serving for three years as District Attorney for Malheur County, Oregon, F. LaGard Smith has spent a career as a professor of law, principally at Pepperdine University School of Law. Smith is the author of over 30 books on a wide variety of legal, social and religious topics. He is most widely known as the compiler and narrator of the best-selling The Daily Bible®. For five years, Smith was Scholar in Residence for Christian Studies at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. After serving as Visiting Professor of Law at Faulkner University's Jones School of Law in Montgomery, Alabama, Smith has now retired to write full time. Smith and his wife, Ruth, reside in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, but also spend time at their cottage in the rural Cotswolds, northwest of London, England. For more information, visit www.lagardsmith.com.
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Charleston Buzz Kill ( Nick Janzek Charleston
Mysteries, #2) by Tom Turner
Publication date: December 1st 2019 | Genres: Adult, Mystery
Synopsis: When one of the stars of the boozy, risqué reality show, Charleston Buzz, takes a bullet to the head in mid-tryst, homicide cops Nick Janzek and Delvin Rhett swing into action. Within twenty-four hours they have five suspects…problem is all of them have solid alibis.
Meanwhile, across town, is that a clandestine brothel being run by the fat cats of Charleston?
And what’s with all those college girls hanging out there?
As new partners Janzek and Rhett stumble along looking for a break, it becomes clear that some of Charleston’s most prominent citizens are up to their eyeballs in it all.
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A native New Englander, Tom Turner dropped out of college and ran a Vermont bar...into the ground. After limping back to college to get his diploma, Tom became an advertising copywriter, first in Boston then New York. After ten years of post-Mad Men life, he made a radical change and got a job in commercial real estate. Not long after that he ended up in Palm Beach, buying, renovating and selling houses along with collecting raw material for his novels. On the side, he wrote Palm Beach Nasty, its sequel, Palm Beach Poison, and a screenplay called Blood Red Sea. While at a wedding a few years later, he fell for the charm of Charleston, South Carolina, and moved there. Recently, wandering Tom moved again. This time, just down the road to Skidaway Island, outside of Savannah, where he's writing a novel about passion and murder among his neighbors.
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In the Heart of Windy Pines by Holly Tierney-Bedord
Publication date: November 24th 2019 | Genres: Adult, Cozy Mystery
Synopsis: From the author of Kindle Unlimited All-Star winner Sweet Hollow Women comes a new novella featuring characters from Murder at Mistletoe Manor, Carnage at the Christmas Party, and The Port Elspeth Jewelry Making Club!
Klarinda Snow is the innkeeper of Mistletoe Manor in beautiful, remote, Windy Pines, Idaho, where she brings her unique brand of hospitality to the tiny mountain town.
When she finds her inn unexpectedly fully booked on a snowy Tuesday night in November, it brings back memories of a tragedy years before. Before she knows what hit her, she and her trusty team of employees (Myrtle, Pierre, and her new night manager, Josephine), have found themselves back at the task of solving another mystery at Mistletoe Manor!
While this book can be enjoyed as a stand-alone novella, if you plan to read the books in the Windy Pines Mystery series or The Port Elspeth Jewelry Making Club, it’s highly recommended you read those first, as this book contains spoilers that could affect your ability to enjoy them.
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Holly Tierney-Bedord is the author of over twenty novels and novellas including Kindle Unlimited All-Star winner Sweet Hollow Women. Her books feature quirky, flawed characters and the kind of crazy scenarios that could only happen to someone you probably know. Count on her stories to have unexpected twists and turns, dark secrets, and lots of laughs.
Holly is also an artist and miniaturist, creator of the mid-century dollhouse restoration blog flipthisminihouse.com, and the author of several non-fiction books about creating miniatures.
She lives in Madison, Wisconsin. When she's not writing or decorating her real house or mini houses, she's traveling. Visit her website at www.hollytierneybedord.com where you can connect to her blogs and subscribe to her newsletter.
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Book Title: Jeanne: A Journey from abandonment and abuse to forgiveness and truth by Sylvia Hornback
Category: Adult Fiction (18+) | Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Briggs and Schuster | Release date: November 1, 2019
Tour dates: December 2 to December 20, 2019
Content Rating: PG - There are less than five cuss words plus adult themes of parental neglect.
Jeanne: At dawn on a sweltering summer day scrabbling sounds alerted Jeanne of the intruder downstairs. The pull chain rattled against the light bulb in the kitchen. Instantly a sliver of yellow light raced up the stairs and into her bedroom. Someone was moving about inside the house, and had even been bold enough to turn on a light. It wasn’t the first time she’d awakened to the sounds of this intruder.
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"One almost expects Jeanne to step out of the pages into your life at any time."
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MEET THE AUTHOR:
Sylvia Hornback received her Doctorate of Education Administration from Texas A&M University. She is the current Chair of the Board of Directors for ENERGY Worldnet, Inc., and served as an educator, principal and school superintendent for over two decades. Among her many accolades, she was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School Principal by the U.S. Secretary of Education. For the past ten years, she has served as a Bible study teacher at First United Methodist Church near her home in Decatur, Texas. Her first novel, The Mallard Conspiracy, was published last year.
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Blue Girl on a Night Dream Sea by Ginny Fite
Category: Adult Fiction, 274 pages
Genre: Suspense/Paranormal/Time Travel
Publisher: Black Opal Books | Release date: September, 2019
Tour dates: Dec 2 to Dec 20, 2019
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (There are no explicit sex scenes but an implied threat of rape; there is some profanity)
Sometimes the last person you save is yourself. Elena must take her city back from terrorists. Hana must save her tribe from the wrath of a ruthless king. They’re stronger together. The problem is they’re 4,000 years and 6,000 miles apart. Wounded during a terrorist attack, NYC police commando Elena Labat wakes from her coma aboard a Phoenician boat on the Mediterranean Sea to find a young girl lashed to the mast. The girl is Hana, who has trekked across Bronze Age Lebanon with Danel to prevent a king from destroying her tribe. Elena knows she must save Hana. And Hana must escape the barbarians who abducted her before she can find Danel and go home. Slipping in and out of unconsciousness, Elena teaches Hana everything she can, protecting her from barbarians, a priestess, and a king. But Elena’s family needs her, and she can’t stay in the past. Hana will have to succeed on her own.
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
This was an interesting book centered on two key women, who lived courageous lives. Ech experiencing tragedy in very separate ways.
Elena was an ex-military, special division policewoman. Terrorists were attacking her city. Suring this time, she kept dreaming strange dreams and seeing a vision.
Hana was devastated with what her parents and village was forcing her to do! She accomplished the task, receiving needed help from a young man in the city Hana was to go to. During the worst time, she felt strength from a goddess. Each individual path, though the women were centuries apart, connected the two in remarkable ways.
I enjoyed reading this book, although at times I felt there were slight gaps in the tale. The story flowed steadily, keeping the reader's interest.
The characters wren developed well and felt very real. The scenes were, also, depicted quite well. To me, the Title never really fit that well. The Book Cover was colorful, depicting the two events on a very clever subtle way. It would catch the attention of "a browser".
The ending was weak. It felt rushed and had too many gaps, but it was still a good story.
I offer a Four Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me with no request for a positive review. This s my honest review
Blue Girl on a Night Dream Sea is a combination time-travel fantasy, a historical thriller, and a modern-day suspense. Well written, fast paced, and intense, this one will keep you glued to the edge of your seat all the way through. –says Reviewer Regan Murphy
Expertly combining the past and present, science fiction, and suspense, Fite weaves a tale that will keep you enthralled from beginning to end. –says Reviewer Taylor Jones
Lying to Get at the Truth By Ginny Fite
Writing is like dreaming with our eyes open. And, it's also like lying — very convincing lying. In our dreams, anything can happen—tumbling through the sky to our deaths, besting an enemy in battle, or being embraced by endless love. Dreams are where we practice skills (like flying), where we put two and two together, and where insights come from. Writers dream on the page and, hopefully, readers find something in the story that resonates for them. When I write, I create a set of (hopefully) plausible bridges between my dreams and the reader’s. That's where the lying comes in. For the lie to work it has to evoke a shared reality, a world the reader and I both know, or agree to believe exists.
How to imagine and create on the page a place I had never been was the central challenge in Blue Girl on a Night Dream Sea, since none of us alive right now has ever found ourselves in Bronze Age Cyprus, or standing outside the walls of Sidon, or out on the Mediterranean in a one-mast boat surrounded by evil-smelling barbarians.
Although I researched the period extensively and peered at every photograph of every reported archaeological find, those places are now devoid of the life they once teemed with—the people. That’s where dreams and imagination come into the mix. Everything I think, see, taste, smell, hear and feel gets added to the huge steaming compost pile of experience in my mind. Dipping into that experience is part of the research I do for each novel.
Depending on the situation my characters find themselves in, they may acquire reactions I know from my own experience to be true. But it's not like placing a cut-out dress on a paper doll.
I lend my experience in bits and pieces: how my mouth felt when someone disappointed me, how a man's face turned grey at hearing his mother died, what fury looked like in a friend who was betrayed.
Everything else — the situation, motivation, resolution — is invented. And yet, it feels true because it's based on human experience. When you feel Hana’s homesickness or Elena’s confusion, that’s the truth.
ABOUT the AUTHOR:
Ginny Fite is an award-winning journalist who has covered crime, politics, government, healthcare, art and all things human. She has been a spokesperson for a governor and a member of Congress, a few colleges and universities, and a robotics R&D company. She has degrees from Rutgers University and Johns Hopkins University and studied at the School for Women Healers and the Maryland Poetry Therapy Institute. Her three murder mysteries, Cromwell’s Folly, No Good Deed Left Undone, and Lying, Cheating, and Occasionally Murder, are set in the rolling hills of Jefferson County, West Virginia. No End of Bad, a thriller, was released in June 2018. She resides in Harpers Ferry, WV.
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