December 2011

The Hambledown Dream

I bought this book on a “buy three and get one free” promotion, and to honest I picked it because Dean Mayes was a first time author and I know how hard it is to get started and I wanted to give him a hand up.  I had no real idea what the book was about except that it was about two guitar players. It has languished on my Kindle since November 1st.  I’m getting so many books in my Kindle library that I decided I’d better get caught up on my reading so I clicked on The Hambledown Dream.

What a wonderful surprise it was! This book was way more than I had ever expected.

In Australia:

“How could it have come to this?”

Denny Banister’s life was full of promise. He had success, friends, personality, love and dreams of a great future. And he had magical fingers on the guitar.

Then suddenly he experienced a few days of not feeling well and swollen glands in his neck.   He passed it off as the flu, but when he felt better the lump did not go away.  By the time he went to have it checked out, he had an aggressive form of lymphoma that had metastasized before he ever knew he had it.  It took mere months for his life to ebb away. He was surrounded by family, his hand clasped in the hand of his love when he died. He was 25 years old.

“This is not over were the last words he uttered as he looked into the eyes of his beloved.

In Chicago:

“How could it have come to this?”

A gurney is shepherded along by a medical emergency team dressed in green scrubs. The limp, wasted body of a druggie who has overdosed lies on it. His clothing is dirty and damp. Stringy, greasy vomit stained hair covers the young man’s face and chest. They don’t know who he is; only that he is about 25, that he’d been found unconscious at some rave party and that drugs were involved.

Already additional staff are ready and waiting with emergency equipment set to go. Intervenous—application of defibrillator paddles sending electrical currents streaming into the body; once, twice—no results. Then a desperate third try.

The oppressive blackness that the young man has hung in parts slowly, replaced byshades of grey. There is movement, shadow, texture and a glimpse of something else that he’s not sure of.

“This is not over” a whispered voice echos in the gloom. -continue reading..>

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Any Given Christmas is the second book in a trilogy about the Silverthorne siblings from Deer Lick, Montana.  There is a continuing para-normal theme that runs through Second Chance at The Sugar Shack and Any Given Christmas: the family’s recently departed mother appears on many occasions to talk to her children, encouraging them to make decisions that will make their lives complete.  I loved her in the first book and she tickled my fancy in this one too.

At the age of fourteen, Dean Silverthorne had vowed two things to himself: First, to never get suckered, lured, conned or tricked into the dreaded I Do’s. Marriage would never be for him. All he had to do was look at the misery on -continue reading….>

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When Laura Harmon ran for mayor she vowed to clean up the corruption that had shaken the quiet little town since a series of new developments had come to Campbell Creek.

She is adjusting to the move away from being a stay-at-home mom of three young adult kids and one toddler. Now she is -continue reading….>

Hi Gloria,

I have read your book, Hearts At Risk. I thought you did an out standing job. I liked the detail that you put into it. You certainly did research it well. It maybe only fiction but it could of been the real deal. Well done. Have you thought of doing a second one that follows the story. If you do put me down for it.

You are amazing,


Last night the Christmas elves fulfilled the magic of our familie’s true meaning of Christmas!

For the past month we’ve been trying to figure out how those of us who are going to be “home for Christmas”  at Horsefly could all get together for dinner and enjoy our family traditions!  You see this is the year when several members of our family are spending Christmas day with the other branch of their family tree.  Our grandson and his sweetie, Sarah, were coming home on his days off, and of course every body in the community wanted to see him. Everyone else had so many other commitments it almost seemed as though we wouldn’t  be able to ALL get together at one time.

But the Christmas Elves-Love, Family Tradition and Spontaneity  showed up-and Voila everything fell into place. – continue reading….>

A love story should, grab your attention, bring you to your knees,

sweep you into the heavens in the sensuous magic of lovemaking,

drop you into depths of despair, tantalize your senses with happiness,

and sometimes frighten you beyond reason, . . . . THIS IS IT, this is

the book to carry you on a roller coaster ride of life and love from

beginning to end. I loved it and would recommend it to anyone.

Musician and avid reader,

S. M. Hynes

PS:  HEARTS AT RISK  is featured in the #YearofTheIndiesWLC! Check it out and please spread the word

This is a great book. I read it in a few hours. Actually I started it on

a Sunday, towards evening, and then went to bed at 10 pm. I could not

go to sleep because I wanted to finish the book, so I got up and did it.

This book is very close to real life. I am sure every woman can

see herself in some sections of the story. I know I did. It is easy to

read and almost didn`t feel like fiction at all. I just loved it!

S. Laffer; meat cutter and school bus driver and avid reader


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