Monthly Archives: March 2016

The Executrix By Courtney Pierce

 

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Mystery, Laughter, and Snarkiness

Tragedy

Family Dynamics

A Poodle Named Pogo, Criminals, And Mobsters

You Don’t Want To Miss This One

It Is A Winner! 5 Stars

 

STORY LINE:

Olivia Novak’s life was perfect;  a successful romance author, a loving husband, a beautiful home.  Yes, Olivia’s life was perfect until the day her husband was killed in a hit and run auto accident.  Her obsession in finding the driver has over-shadowed her life. Her career is going strong but she is dissatisfied;  she wants to write a serious novel, one her mother would appreciate.

 

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Mastering Darkness By Kate Wendley

 

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How Do You Like Your Vampire?

A Master Vampire Of The Atlanta Territory

A Beautiful Human Woman

Shifters And Vampires As You Have Never Seen Them

Filled With Emotions And Desire To Belong

 

 

 

STORY LINE:

Author Kate Wendley has created a world of shifters and vampires that is very different.  We see them with emotions, insecurities, jealousy, envy, in other words, we see human emotions in her characters.

 

Anthony is the Master Vampire of the Atlanta Territories; he is a good Master who punishes when he must and has been emotionally alone for almost 300 years.  Romantic relationships never work for him

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The Cowboy’s Bride Collection: 9 Historical Romances From on Old West Ranches

THE COWBOY BRIDE COLLECTION

 

 

By Susan Davis Paige, Vickie McDonough, Susanne Dietze, Nancy J. Farrier, Miralee Ferrel, Davalynn Spender, Becca Whitham, Jaime Jo Wright.

 

 

STORY LINE, PLOTTING AND DEVELOPMENT:

This is a wonderful collection of western romance stories of strength, love, romance, adversity, and faith in God.  Each author is talented in story-crafting, plotting, and development.  These stories are so well written and developed, if you did not know you were reading 9 different authors, you would think one author wrote the stories contained in this book.  The authors are in harmony with each other in regard to writing style

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Shattered Lies By S. J. Francis

 

 

General Fiction Official Selection in the 2015 New Apple Book Awards

Semi-finalist in the 2015 Authorsdb Book Cover contest

 

Shattered Lies

 

 

Family Dynamics

Revelations of Long Hidden Secrets

Lies and Heartache

 

 

 

 

STORY LINE SHATTERED LIES BY S. J. FRANCIS:

What a story we find in Shattered LiesAuthor S. J. Francis has created a story-line which will grab you from the first few sentences to the last.  Widowed veterinarian Kate Thayer Logan, heir and granddaughter to grand dame Katherine Beauregard Thayer IV, of Magnolia Lane Farm, makes a decision to explore the mansions attic; a decision which will shatter this family and others, reveal long-held secrets, and cause Kate to question everything she has ever believed.

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Far From True By Linwood Barclay

Far from True

Powerful Novel

Murder, Who Did It?

Don’t Pass This Book Up

This is the second book in the Promise Falls Trilogy by Linwood Barclay and the first of his books I have read and reviewed.  Mr. Barclay caught me up quickly with the back story.

 

Suspense Level:

I found I couldn’t wait to finish this book so I could read the first book of the trilogy.  Mr. Barclay created a lot of action, secrets, mystery, alternate life styles, crime, evil deeds, and a strange attacker with the number 23 on his clothing.  He keeps you guessing throughout the book as he introduces new situations

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Desert Heat By P. H. Turner

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The Desert Of The Nations

Ghost, Witches, and Human Trafficking

Action And Love In The Desert Heat

The Nation Book Two

 

 

STORY LINE:

This is the 2nd book in P. H. Turner’s Nation Series;  it is a stand alone read.  In this novel by author P. H. Turner, we find the deplorable business of Human Trafficking of juvenile girls from Mexico to the U.S. for the sex trade.   Ms. Turner showed this industry in all its low and dirty elements and the men that become rich from this crime.  The two main characters, CPS Investigator for the Navajo and licensed social worker

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The Snows By K. M. Daughters

The Snows

 

 

 Miraculous Signs

A Message From God

Will The World Listen

 

 

 

 

Do you not have to be religious to enjoy this novel. 

 

STORY LINE:

Three children in Croatia, Anna, Elizabeta, and Josip, receive visitations from The Lords Mother, Mary.  They continued to commune with her through adulthood.  Anna, the only one to know the full details,  is commanded to deliver 7 prophesies, known as the Marian Prophesies or The Prophecies of Valselo, to God’s messenger, Father Mark McKenzie.  Father McKenzie has known of these children and made pilgrimages to Croatia.  He was unaware of his part in the prophesy until contacted by Anna.

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Wolf’s Blade (The Paladins Book 1) By by Clare Dargin

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The Enforcer For His Wolf Pack

A Beautiful Woman

An Egomaniac

All Come Together In Willowridge In A Fight For Their Life, Love, And Pack.

 

 

STORY LINE:

Callum Blake is Paladin for his pack and 2nd son to the Alpha.  After an ancestor was cursed by the Wolf Goddess, the ancestor became a Lycan.  Callum’s bloodline has inherited the Lycan gene from this ancestor.  He fights his inner Lycan, bent on killing and terror.  He is on a mission to capture Eryx, to return

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How To Reuse Plastic Grocery Bags

If you are like me, I have tons of plastic grocery bags.  I can’t seem to remember to return them to the recycle bin at the grocery story as often as I should.  I found ways to use them around the house until I could recycle.

So little mighty bag instead of waiting in the closet for recycling, I have found you a purpose.

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The Human Cure By Tracy Auerbach

The Human Cure

 

 

How Do You Like Your Vampires?

Loving, Kind, Scary, Cruel?

Welcome To A New Vampire World!

 

 

 

Author Tracy Auerback has created a vampire world I have never seen before.  This is a tale of vampires in the down and dirty world they occupy below New York and the world where they hunt.  It is raw, gritty, gory, and filled with monsters.  It also a story of love and sacrifice.

 

STORY LINE:

Kate Plesser is an office assistant that can not seem to find her niche in life or a boyfriend worth his salt.

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How To Use Your Empty Plastic Vinegar Jugs

The Humble But Noble Empty Vinegar Jug

If you are like me, you have many empty gallon vinegar jugs at your house.  Either we throw them away or we find a use for them.

I always try to find ways to use things and these jugs are marvelous.  They have many uses after empty:  clean thoroughly and sterilize.

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Island Secrets (The Island Escape Series Book 1) By R. T. Wolfe

Island Secrets

 

 

Peaceful Island Life

Treasure, Love,

Abuse And Murder

This Novel Has It All!

 

STORY LINE:

Zoe Clearwater lives in a small gulf community on beautiful Ibis Island off Florida’s coast; she had a perfect life.  A family that was loving and close; 2 sisters, Raine and Willow, a brother Seth, a thriving diving business and a gift shop.  Then her brother, Seth, diving alone disappears.  Her world changed.  She held

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Hog Killing Day On The Farm By Vera Mallard

 

STOP:  IF YOU ARE AN ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVIST, EMOTIONAL, OR TENDER-HEARTED, PLEASE DO NOT READ THIS POST.  THIS IS THE DESCRIPTION OF THE SLAUGHTERING OF HOGS FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION AS IT WAS DONE ON FAMILY FARMS ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY FOR MANY DECADES!

 

This article is written from my memories as a child.  I wish I could take a trip back to experience it all over again.  Before too long, no one will remember the way of life I will describe because those of us who lived it will be gone.  Few in the our country carry on the traditions of raising and slaughtering their food.  Believe it or not, those lovely packs of chickens, steaks, and pork chops, ready for you to buy and cook, started their life on a farm somewhere.

 

This is the story of one day of life on our farm.  We were poor country people; no different than anyone else in our small community.  We grew what we ate and shopped at a country store on credit for what we could not grow.  The thought of jumping in the car to grocery shop for our weekly groceries, never crossed our minds.  The Winn Dixie, A&P, Food Lion nor any other major chain existed in our small town; they were many years in the future.

 

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The pork and beef you buy in those beautiful packages at the grocery and meat market has to be slaughtered and packed at a processing plant.  We did not have this luxury when I was a girl.  We had to slaughter and process our own meat to feed the family.

 

 

Above photo is free public domain

 

 

DAYS BEFORE “HOG KILLING DAY”:

Dad had to gather everything he would need for Hog Killing Day and have it ready and waiting.  He placed all the wash-pots where they needed to be, tables setup, gun and shells ready, the scalding vat was ready for use, water hoses to wash out the gutted hogs, 50 lb bags of salt for pickle, lard stands, ham box ready, and he had wood for the fires. Mom gathered all the knives, pots and

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