Friday, January 30, 2015

Fancy Pants Poetry, by Agostino Scafidi

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Synopsis: The poetry you'll meet in this collection will be biting, defensive, cynical and sarcastic. Dark humour is used to elaborate upon bleak life outlooks. At many times the spirit in these poems are rooted in antonymous rebellion. All that said, the reader will also encounter various instances synonymous with the proverbial "light at the end of tunnel".

Thoughts: I don't usually review poetry books, because everyone reacts to poetry in a very individual way. However, this author approached me personally with a request, so I decided to give it a shot.

The poems are all short but strongly emotional. One of my favorites is titled "Secrets."

For the most part, the poems lean to the dark side, yet there is still a sense of hope in the words. This is a work that I will re-read many times in the future.

**I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**

My rating: Five stars

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Novel Feature: Secrets and Lies by Janet Sketchley

A single mother must protect her teenage son—from organized crime and from himself.

Secrets and Lies, by Janet Sketchley

 About the novel:
Carol Daniels thinks she out-ran her enemies, until a detective arrives at her door with a warning from her convict brother. Minor incidents take on a sinister meaning. An anonymous phone call warns her not to hide again. Now she must cooperate with a drug lord while the police work to trap him. Carol has always handled crisis alone, but this one might break her. Late-night deejay Joey Hill offers friendship and moral support. Can she trust him? One thing’s certain. She can’t risk prayer.

What reviewers are saying:
“Secrets and Lies delivers engaging characters and a sweet romance in the midst of a single mom’s worst nightmare.” ~ Sandra Orchard, award-winning author of Deadly Devotion and Blind Trust

“Secrets and Lies takes up where Heaven’s Prey left off, and is another great thriller by Janet Sketchley. With the backdrop of music and family, Secrets and Lies could really be defined as a retelling of the Ultimate Redemption. Sketchley is very adept at writing about the sometimes intricate and confusing relationships that make up a family. This one is not to be missed.” ~ Linda Hall, award-winning author of Steal Away (Christian fiction) and Night Watch (mainstream)

A note from the author:
Secrets and Lies is a book 2 in the Redemption’s Edge series. I met Carol, the heroine, through writing her brother Harry’s story in Heaven’s Prey, and I knew her life had not been easy. I also knew she needed the Lord. Secrets and Lies gives her the chance to find Him—unless her enemies find her first. For more about Carol and the other key characters, visit the Secrets and Lies book page. Scroll past the buy links, and you'll find interviews and features, plus a YouTube playlist of the classic oldies (with a few extras) mentioned by title in the novel. This is a Christian novel, but Carol loves her mainstream classic rock. Check out the Secrets and Lies playlist on YouTube. There are a few other things in there that only make sense if you've read the book.

What COTT voters had to say:
"Janet Sketchley writes with care and integrity, creating suspenseful stories that stay with the reader for a long time."
"I love a good mystery/suspense read and Secrets & Lies looks fantastic!"
"Secrets and Lies by Janet Sketchley intrigues me and I think, of the six books shown, I would be most likely to add this one to my pile of books to read."
"In "Secrets & Lies", Janet Sketchley has written another "can't put me-down book". It equals "Heaven's Prey" and may even surpass it. Can't wait for the third "Redemption's Edge" novel to be published. Keep up the good work, Janet!"
"Janet Sketchley - this book sounds like something I would love!"
"Almost finished Secrets & Lies. It's another "page turner" like Heaven's Prey."
"Secrets and Lies - great cover for a great read."
"It's such a busy month, but I'm really looking forward to getting back to "Secrets & Lies."
"Janet Sketchley, keep on doing what God's calling you to do! Exciting things lie ahead!"
"Janet, despite the darkness indicated in your title, I'm confident that in "Secrets and Lies" you bring forth the light of truth and the triumph of redemption."
"Janet, You continue to inspire me! You went for it and look at where you are now? 2 novels under your belt! Can't wait to see what God has in store..."
"I thoroughly enjoy reading Janet Sketchley's novels. I feel like I personally know the characters. Best of luck Janet!"

About the author: Janet Sketchley is the author of Heaven’s Prey and Secrets and Lies, two novels of suspense and redemption (available as print and ebooks). She also blogs about faith and books. Janet loves adventure stories, worship music, tea and Formula 1 racing. Like Carol in Secrets and Lies, she enjoys music and tea. Unlike Carol, Janet isn’t related to a dangerous offender, has a happy home life, and has never been threatened by a drug lord. May those tidbits continue to hold true!

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Gator Bowl (A Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Novella), by J.J. Cook

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Synopsis: From the national bestselling author of the Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mysteries comes a tasty prequel novella to J.J. Cook’s new series featuring Zoe Chase, a Southern food truck chef who serves justice on the side.
After quitting her job, the first thing Zoe Chase has to do is to drive out to the swamp to see her Uncle Saul. He still has the old Airstream trailer he once used for his own restaurant many years before, and Zoe is sure she can convince him to let her make a food truck out of it.
After making the perilous journey from Mobile, Alabama into the backcountry, Zoe finds her uncle embroiled in a cook-off with his neighbor—with the life of Saul’s albino alligator, Alabaster, in the balance. Once again, the gator has eaten chickens that didn’t belong to her. So Saul and his neighbor will each prepare a meal for a church social, and if Saul wins, the gator lives.
Now it’s up to Zoe to prove herself in the kitchen and come up with something no one has seen before—the biscuit bowl!

Thoughts: This is a prequel to the Biscuit Bowl series, which I have not yet started to read. If this novella is any indication, however, I am going to enjoy the entire series. Zoe and her "supporting cast" are a great group of people, and I love the personality of Zoe's cat, Creme Brulee. Her Uncle Saul's albino alligator, Alabaster, is fun to read about as well. I hope that we get to read more about Saul, Alabaster and Bonnie in the future. And I hope Ollie will continue to hang around with Zoe, as well...he seems like the kind of friend you can always use in your corner.

Looking forward to reading the two full length stories in this series in the very near future.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**

My rating: Four stars

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Just Beginning (A Prequel To Just Destiny), by Theresa Rizzo

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Synopsis: From award-winning author, Theresa Rizzo, comes this prequel to bestselling Just Destiny. 

Twenty-something Jenny Campbell's life has been a series of screw-ups, and the latest one endangered her little brother's life. But when she falls for sophisticated Gabe Harrison, she has a chance to turn her life around...if she can keep her past a secret.

Gabe's career as a successful doctor has left just enough time for his teenage children and little else. But when beautiful, vivacious Jenny comes along, she breathes love and happiness into his lonely life. There's only one problem: their families are opposed to their relationship. Money and age differences mean nothing to Gabe as long as they have trust, love, and respect.

But can two out of three be good enough?

Thoughts: I'm glad that I got this before I started reading Just Destiny, because now I know the full back story of all the characters. This was a truly sweet story, with just the right touch of drama and humor. 

As someone in a relationship where there is an age difference, I've been through some of the same feelings Jenny has in this book--dealing with people presuming your husband is your father, for example. I think that helped make her and Gabe more real to me, too.

While I like Jenny, Gabe, Alex, Ted, Michael and Steve, I have negative feelings toward several characters,as well. George made me angry several times, as did Annie, Judith and Jenny's mother, whose name escapes me at the moment. 

Now I can hardly wait to read Just Destiny, which is waiting on my Kindle. 

**I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All of the above opinions are entirely my own.**

My rating: Four stars

2015 Ebook Challenge--January Update

Here are the ebooks I read in January:

1) Sprinkled: A Lacey Luzzi Mystery, by Gina LaManna

2) Eve: In The Beginning, by H.B. Moore

3) Murder Is Elementary (A Susan Wiles Schoolhouse Mystery #1), by Diane Weiner

4) Idiots And Children, by Diane Estill

5) Just Pru, by Anne Pfeffer

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Cover Reveal: Blue Persuasion, Blakely Bennett



Blue Persuasion by Blakely Bennett

Bound by Your Love Series, Book 3

Genre: Erotica/Erotic Romance

Publication Date: February 1oth

Cover Design: Yocla Designs
Editing: Harper Jewel aka Suze
Judy, dubbed Blue by her friends, is a voluptuous thirty-one year old woman longing for a love of her own. Even more frustrating than her dissatisfaction with her work and the unwanted attention her body garners is always coming in second with the opposite sex. Bond, her best friend and lover, helps Blue stay sane and sexually satisfied, but she knows her place. Their secret relationship leaves Blue hungry to have a man she can call her own. When she finally succumbs to Cat’s artful needle for her first tattoo, she crosses paths with Tate. The towering, tattooed, motorcycle riding, American Indian fires off all her warnings signs, but she finds herself drawn to him against her own self-preservation. Thankfully, Blue’s close-knit group of friends help to keep her grounded, as does the women’s group she attends weekly, but she still finds herself wanting and needing more. Will Blue ever find the love she needs and deserves or will she forever come in second? Read her sexy story of friendship and love to find out.

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About The Author

Blakely is married to a wonderful, loving, and supportive husband, who is also a writer, and who helps to keep her grounded. She is a mother, a communitarian, a lover of music (it is always on while she is writing thanks to Pandora), and a good friend. An advocate of love and female empowerment, she is also a facilitator for a women’s group. She loves to walk and hike for exercise, and finds that, since moving to Seattle, Washington, she is now one of those crazy people who walks in the rain.
Blue Persuasion is her seventh novel and the third in the Bound by Your Love Series (Stuck in Between and Bittersweet Deceit). She is also the author of the dark erotic suspense My Body Trilogy (My Body-His, My Body-His (Marcello) and My Body-Mine) and the co-author of the contemporary romance, The Demarcation of Jack, which she wrote with her husband, Dana Bennett.

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Jacqs is a twenty-eight year old woman caught up in an on again, off again relationship with Bond, who is her best friend and the one who causes her the most heartache. She succumbs, yet again, to his powerful charisma, but vows not make it into more than it is, a great night of sex.
Bond, too sexy for his own good, wants Jacqs for himself as he “dates” his way through the female population of South Florida. He selfishly doesn’t see the conflict of interest.
Red, Bond’s best friend, has watched Bond take Jacqs for granted for way too long and soon stakes his own claim on her.
Will Red and Jacqs budding relationship pull apart their tight-knit group of friends and will Jacqs survive being Stuck In Between.
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Lainie is a thirty year old, full-figured woman entrenched in a love affair with a married man. Although Lainie loves Mason desperately, she vows never to say those three little words while he remains with his wife.
Stayman, an enigma in Lainie’s close-knit group of friends, has been circling her with interest, trying to garner her attention. When circumstances make it clear who’s blocking his way—Mason—Stay goes full-court press in pursuit of Lainie.
Lainie doesn’t see Stay as relationship potential because she is blinded by her love for Mason. However, the more she learns about Stay, the more she comes to realize she never really knew him in the first place.
An unexplainable mystical connection evolves between Lainie and Stay and she has to choose between a man she so hopelessly loves and a man who offers her everything she needs.
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Out Of The Storm: Anthology

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Synopsis: An anthology featuring the winners of the 2014 "Storming the Short Story" contest, sponsored by a chapter of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW).

Contemporary category:
1st place: "Squall Line" by Jim Hamlett (Contemporary)
2nd place: "Dorothy's Carol" by Terrie Todd (Women's Fiction)
3rd place: "A Rumspringa Storm" by Steve Hooley (Amish)
4th place: "Tempest Tossed" by Annette O'Hare (Women's Fiction)

Speculative category (Fantasy / SciFi):
1st place: "The Grumpy Chronicles" by Susan Lyttek (Fantasy)
2nd place: "The Great Storm" by Karla Rose (SciFi)
3rd place: "Oddman" by Carla Hoch (SciFi)
4th place: "Aperture" by Linda Kozar (SciFi)

Others category:
1st place: "Just West of Clovis" by Ralph D. James (Western)
2nd place: "Husband Hunting" by Crystal L. Barnes (Western)
3rd place: "Detention" by Gretchen Engel (YA / Fantasy)
4th place: "Fire in a Storm" by Angela K. Couch (Historical)

Proceeds from the sale of the anthology will be donated to the Scholarship Fund of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW).

Thoughts: There are some really good stories in this group. I found it interesting that, in some cases, the first place winner wasn't always the one I found to be the best in that particular category.  My three favorites were "A Rumspringa Storm," "The Grumpy Chronicles," and "Detention" . That is not to say that the others weren't fine stories in their own right, just that they didn't appeal to me quite as much as the three I mentioned. 
If you are looking for some top quality, clean fiction short stories, this is definitely the book for you. 
 **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for my honest review.**

My rating: Four stars

Oliver and Jumpy, Stories 4-6, by Werner Stejskal

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Synopsis: These illustrated cat stories are all about “Oliver and Jumpy”, who are best of friends and experience many adventures together. Oliver is an elegant black tomcat, who is full of himself. As a matter of fact he says: “I love myself!” quite often. Naughty, isn’t he? But his best friend Jumpy, a kangaroo lady, is aware that it is only a front! Oliver has a soft heart and will always want to help others. The great thing is Jumpy’s pouch, which Oliver loves to ride in! He calls her his kangaroo taxi! These little bedtime stories with their lovely illustrations are great for small kids. A parent can read the text and tell the child in his own words. These animal stories have sufficient text to keep early readers happy and provide some educational value. Depending on your device, there is popup text (at Amazon) or audio available. Several talented illustrators are essential to bring these children's stories to you in quick succession. Love you all! Meow! 

Thoughts: This delightful storybook contains three stories about Oliver the cat and his kangaroo friends, Jumpy and Joey.

In the first story, the three friends take a trip to Monkey Island. It's all fun and games until some monkeys kidnap baby Joey, and Oliver has to devise a way to get him back.

The second story takes the trio cave exploring with Milly the mole. The cave is actually the entrance to fairy land, which includes a magnificent palace of silvery glass. The fairy queen welcomes them, and throws a dance in their honor.

Last but not least, the little group goes to a market, where they purchase an antique table. Once home, they discover a secret drawer which holds a treasure map. The map warns that you must reach the treasure before the sun goes down, or it will be gone. With all the yummy sweet treats to tempt them on the way, will they make it in time?

All three stories are written in a manner that is easy for young children to understand,and the illustrations are clear and colorful. I look forward to sharing this with my grandson, and would recommend it to anyone with young children in their lives.

My rating: Five stars

Exciting December 2014 Releases

January 2015 Clash of the Titles

It's a New Year featuring some of the most romantic and intriguing releases from last month. Holiday, Western, Pirates!

Have some extra gift cash hot in your pocket? Try some of these.
In the meantime, vote for the one you’re most likely to read first.

She’s Mine: A Mystique of Naultag novel 
Tammy Doherty

Caitlin Harrington has a new job and a new life away from her menacing ex-boyfriend, Adam. Issues with her parents, losing her previous job and the death of her beloved grandmother leave her wondering if God has abandoned her. Two things she is sure of: she’s a lousy judge of character and men just can’t be trusted.

Plundered Christmas
Susan Lyttek

When compelled to spend Christmas on the private island of her father’s intended bride, Jeanine must cope with pirate legends, unexpected storms, and murder. Will she and her family discover the truth about Anne Bonny’s connection to the Banet family before someone else winds up dead?

Christmas Greetings
Pat Simmons

Saige Carter loves everything about Christmas: the shopping, the food, the lights, and of course, Christmas wouldn’t be complete without family and friends to share in the traditions they’ve created together Daniel Washington is no Scrooge, but he’d rather skip the holidays altogether than spend them with his estranged family. Once God reveals to them His purpose for their lives, they will have a reason to rejoice. 

Deep Freeze Christmas
Marian Merritt

Louisiana Chef Leona Buquet agrees to cook at a Colorado mountain lodge during the Christmas holiday. When she meets the son of a movie producer, she is taken by his striking good looks and warm personality. Trouble is, with glamorous actresses clamoring for his attention, why would he even notice Leona?

The Snowbound Bride
Davalynn Spencer

Can Arabella Taube find her way out of the physical and emotional storm of a Colorado winter before the handsome horseman who rescued her also steals her heart?

(Note: books made available the weekend of December 1 are included)

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Cover Reveal:Beneath You're Beautiful, by Tori Madison

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Beneath You’re Beautiful by Tori Madison
Coming February 24, 2015


Four words continue to haunt me . . . 
You. Have. Breast. Cancer.

I associate them with the upheaval of my life to this point. The last few months have been a test of my strength . . . mentally, emotionally, and physically. Cancer is a monster. It prey’s on your mind and it consumes you, consistently reminding you of how your life used to be. Life before cancer. 

I was a successful business woman, running my own design firm, and was happily married to my college sweetheart. My life seemed perfect. Until it unexpectedly came crashing down all around me . . . leaving me weak and exposed.

So, here I am, in the midst of treatment, sifting through the pieces of my shattered marriage and trying to piece my life back together . . . one shard at a time. I no longer recognize the woman looking back at me in the mirror. She’s broken. But giving up is not an option when there is an unknown future ready to be written. 

Is there such thing as hope? 
And do I have any left? 

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Happily married and the mother of two, Tori has spent the last seven years in the non-profit world making a difference in lives of others. She’s an avid reader, lover of life and a breast cancer survivor.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Just Pru, by Anne Pfeffer

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Synopsis: "My mother once joked that my dad had wanted to name me Obedience. As if Prudence wasn't bad enough. I was not a Prudence and I never would be."

When twenty-five-year-old Pru Anderson—braless, pajama-clad, and clutching her cat, Chuck—is rescued from her burning Los Angeles apartment, the thing that scares her most is meeting the neighbors. New people make her hide in the bathroom, counting by sevens, but when her home is destroyed, she must turn strangers into friends … or crawl back to the controlling parents she only recently escaped. 

What would her idol, Pepper Hathaway, do? That’s a no brainer: the detective-slash-supermodel heroine from Pru's favorite TV series would take no prisoners while looking fierce in a tankini and stilettos. So when the chance comes up to live with playwright Ellen, Pru goes for it.

Thus begin the adventures of Pru, who's never had a job, a friend, or a first kiss. Swept into Ellen's whirlwind life, Pru begins to build her own, as director's assistant for a new play, muse to brooding actor Blake, and possible love interest to adorably neurotic neighbor, Adam. 

Only one thing can derail Pru's exhilarating ride. Well, actually, it's two things—and they're in a car headed straight for LA to torpedo her life. When the past that nearly destroyed her comes calling, who will she be: a Prudence or a Pepper?

Thoughts: What a great read! It has humor, it has drama, it has romance...and it has good old-fashioned dysfunction. 

I'm honestly tempted to call this a coming of age story, even though the main character is twenty-five. She's been so sheltered by her overprotective parents, who are convinced that her anxiety means she can't be a functioning member of society, that they've almost made their predictions come true.

After a fire in her apartment building forces her to move in with a neighbor, who introduces her to her friends and treats her like a normal person, Pru begins taking baby steps toward being self-sufficient. 

There are romantic misunderstandings along the way, but I was very happy with the way things worked out in the end.

Oh, and I can't forget to mention her temperamental cat,Chuck (short for Upchuck!). :) I always love characters who are cat owners!

**I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review. All thoughts and comments are entirely my own.**

My rating: Four stars

Book Tour and Giveaway--Tending Her Heart, by Kathleen Shoop

Sweet, Fun Romance--Set in 1971, nurse Julie Peters is ambitious and tenacious, but her plans to modernize Waterside Hospital's labor and delivery protocols are thwarted by old-school doctors and brown-nosing colleagues. The last thing on her mind is falling in love as she confronts her career-related demons. Still, she feels the pull of attraction to one special doctor.

Dr. Michael Young turned away from a prestigious research position at Duke University to practice medicine in a smaller, less intense setting at Waterside Hospital. While nurses chase him by the dozen, he is intrigued and satisfied with building a nest-egg for when the right woman finally happens along.

When Julie is faced with choices that put her job, her life’s dream in peril her relationship with Michael begins to ignite. Can a Thanksgiving stay in the regal home called Bliss give her the space she needs to right her future and fall in love? Will their growing love mean Julie loses herself? Humor, love and a similar attitude toward medicine seal their love, but will               it destroy their careers?

My Thoughts: This was a great Thanksgiving romance! Julie's character really struck a chord in me for some reason; perhaps because she is so passionate about a cause that she believes in. She is a strong willed, independent, determined woman, and she won't back down even if it means she can't have the man she loves. 

The story is told from both perspectives (Julie and Michael), so we get a fairly balanced look at every situation rather than just seeing it through one character's eyes. 

I've not read the previous two books in this series, but now that I've read this one, I may just have to go back to the beginning of it all.

I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

My rating: Four stars

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"I love Julie Peters and the Endless Love Series! Julie's relationship with Dr. Young was just so sweet and fun and I hope there's more to come about this couple. There is nothing like reading Kathleen's books--moving, funny, page-turning and Tending Her Heart is all of that--just fun."
 L. McShea

Praise for Home Again and Return to Love--Don't miss out on reading book 3 in the series!

"lyrical writing that is a joy to read!" L. Zottola 

"A spell-binding story of a love which seemed to transcend time, space and circumstance." 

N. Budden

 "Shoop's character's breathe" Bev Rosenbaum

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Endless Love series. Book one, Home Again

1969-- Set on the shores of the Albemarle Sound, April Harrington has fond memories of summers at her family home, Bliss. After her fairytale wedding disintegrates, it becomes her refuge—the one place where she can attempt to pull the unraveling threads of her life back together. Unbeknownst to April, the stately house has been neglected in recent years. The once-sturdy roof is leaking in a few dozen places, and the wharf is rotting. Nothing is the same as she remembers. Nothing except for Hale, a Viet Nam pilot who is haunted by a dreadful secret, and who is also her brother’s best friend, a brother killed in the conflict that is tearing the country apart.

In Hale’s presence, April finds familiarity and solace. They share grief for a lost loved one, and from the comfort of Hale’s arms, passion blooms. Yet, April’s future is unresolved. Her wealthy, arrogant almost-bridegroom wants her back and the ghosts of Viet Nam are whispering to Hale. Can they find new love in an old treasured home, the kind of affection and trust that lasts forever?

Home Again, was named a finalist in the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
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Endless Love Series, Book Two, Return to Love

Sweet Romance… Fresh off their whirlwind nuptials and unexpected, but joyous pregnancy, April and Hale Abercrombie are gleeful about their life together. But, while Hale is serving his country in Vietnam, he receives news of the loss of their newborn daughter.

Back home on leave, Hale can barely wait to hold his wife. Their reunion is passionate and their physical connection, strong and soothing. His embrace, his touch, and his love are just as perfect as April remembered. But nothing, not even Hale, can ease April’s heartache.

Hale stumbles through his attempts at convincing her that their future will be rich and full of wonder despite their loss. His good-hearted, but take-charge approach causes her to retreat. Even in grief, April recognizes Hale’s earnestness, yet she can’t help but distance herself from him. With only a short time before Hale must return to war, the couple begins to understand that hope starts with them—that the bliss they once knew will return only if they are willing to trust again.

Set on the beaches of the Outer Banks, Return to Love is the second book in the Endless Love series.
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About the Author

A Language Arts Coach with a Ph.D. in Reading Education, Kathleen lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

Kathleen has also written award winning Love and Other Subjects, After the Fog and her debut novel, The Last Letter,  Recently, Kathleen has released the her first romance novella, Home Again (Book One of the Endless Love Series), Return to Love (Book Two) a novel-length work and has just released Tending Her Heart (Book Three).  Books Two and Three in the historical fiction series that started with The Last Letter are nearly complete and should be shortly.

Kathleen has been featured in USA Today and the Writer’s Guide to 2013. Her work has appeared in The Tribune-Review, four Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and Pittsburgh Parent magazine.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Good Girl, by Mary Kubica

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Synopsis: "I've been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she has her dry cleaning done, where she works. I don't know the color of her eyes or what they look like when she's scared. But I will." 

Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, at first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

Colin's job was to abduct Mia as part of a wild extortion plot and deliver her to his employers. But the plan takes an unexpected turn when Colin suddenly decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota, evading the police and his deadly superiors. Mia's mother, Eve, and detective Gabe Hoffman will stop at nothing to find them, but no one could have predicted the emotional entanglements that eventually cause this family's world to shatter.

An addictively suspenseful and tautly written thriller, The Good Girl is a compulsive debut that reveals how even in the perfect family, nothing is as it seems….

Thoughts: Oh. My. Goodness. I don't know what else to say. I loved this book from beginning to end---and while I had a tiny suspicion about the information revealed in the epilogue, it STILL took my breath away.

The story is told by a variety of characters, which helps to paint a more complete picture. The fact that each character is read by a different person gave even more realism to the story. 

Considering that this is the debut novel by this author, I expect great things from her in the future, and will be anxiously awaiting her next release. 

This is one of those books that is going to stick with me for a long time to come.

My rating: Five stars