Book Title: Stolen Obsession by Marlene M. Bell
Category: Adult Fiction; 284 pages
Publisher: Ewephoric Publishing | Release date: March 20, 2018
Genre: Romantic Mystery / Thriller | Tour dates: Sept 10 to 28, 2018
Content Rating: R (Small bit of language and one detailed sex scene)
Antiquities appraiser Annalisse Drury dreams of a quiet life on the family's sheep farm, far away from Manhattan's brownstones, when her closest confidant falls victim to a mugging gone wrong. This had to be a hit--There are echoes from the past--and detectives have no leads. Then at a gallery opening, she sees an artifact on display, an interlocking necklace of horse heads matching her friend's stolen bracelet. Annalisse fears for the curator who owns the piece.
Convinced the jewelry collection is evil and must be destroyed, Annalisse enlists the gallery owner's womanizing son. Alec Zavos has his mother's ear, but dismisses Annalisse's concerns--until a second victim at the opening brings them together in a fight against treachery, a race through exotic lands, and an unimaginable future. If Annalisse can survive...
MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
Annakisse, orphaned when she was a girl, holds tender memories of her Aunt and Uncle , sheep farmers, far away from her Manhattan residence.
While supporting her boss in an opening for the gallery, a necklace she feels is cursed, was unexpectedly on display. It must be removed!
The "opening" is halted when a mugging occurred. Then further disaster transpired!
While she originally sought the aid of the gallery owner's womanizing son, she reluctantly had to put herself in his care while the crimes were being solved.
She must protect herself from another devastating relationship.
The author created the characters in a way they felt real and involved the reader in the scenes so he/she felt a part of the story.
This was a great story! I felt it began rather awkward while building the foundation but it improved steadily until the end.
*Reader Beware: There is some profanity, graphic violence and sexual contemplations throughout, plus, an explicit scene.
The Book Title and Cover were very fitting and eye-catching.I offer a five and a Half Stars rating.
**This book was gifted me with no expectation for a positive review.
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SHEEP IN THE LAUNDRY ROOM
Raising lambs on a bottle is a seasonal occurrence on most sheep operations. In fall of 2006, it hit us again when Natalie was born to a first-time mom during freezing temperatures. It was my job to check the ewes who were expected to lamb and this particular night I made my pass through the flock at 1:30 in the morning. A hard frost had fallen and, of course, a first-timer ewe had a little lamb in the frozen dirt. The lamb was so tiny and not moving, so I assumed the lamb had come too early and had expired. Her mother had no milk.
As I closed in with a flashlight, the lamb raised its head and cried. I had to make a hard choice. Leave it outside and bottle feed it, or take it inside the house where it would have a fighting chance in the warmth. The lamb was a fighter and had survived at this point, so she made a reasonable candidate for the bottle. Her size was against her, but if I left her to the elements, dying was a certainty.
While my husband slept, I brought the lamb into our home. I’d never done this before and considered how crazy it was to do this with a lamb that would never grow large enough as a breeder in our flock. The lamb I called Natalie was too small to raise lambs of her own, but I had to make the effort and save her just the same. Filling a huge metal salad bowl with warm water, I carefully submerged her legs and rubbed the coldness out of her bones. Raising her body temperature over the next twenty minutes or so, I was able to get her warm enough to accept a small amount of milk from a bottle.
Under a heat lamp on a bath towel, I let her warm until she was able to stand on her own, all three pounds eight ounces of her. Natalie stayed in our laundry room for eight weeks with an occasional walk to the kitchen sink while I made her bottles, around the clock. Every three hours. Our house cat, Buggs wasn’t sure about the strange creature behind the door, but Natalie flourished and became a part of our family for twelve years. She lived outside but never felt like hanging with other sheep. I honestly believe she considered herself more like us and less like the others with fleece. I plan to bring out her story in a children’s book between writing installments of the Annalisse Series. This is Natalie chasing my husband (and feed) in the Kawasaki Mule 2017. We lost her in April 2018. She is missed every day.
About the Author:
Marlene Bell is an acclaimed artist and photographer as well as a writer. Her sheep and lamb landscapes grace the covers of many publications such as, Sheep!, The Shepherd, Ranch & Rural Living and Sheep Industry News, to name a few. Her mail order venture, Ewephoric, began in 1985 out of the need to find personalized stationery depicting sheep that truly looked like them. She wrote Among the Sheep, nonfiction in 2009, and the Annalisse Series launched in March 2018.
Marlene and her husband, Gregg reside on a wooded ranch in East Texas with their 50 head of spoiled Horned Dorset sheep, a lovable Maremma guard dog named, Tia, and 3 attention-loving cats who rule the household.
Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook
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