February 2012

Smashwords book reviews by Ahmed Samir

Hearts at Risk book signing this Friday


Gloria Antypowich with her book at a craft fair held at the Elks Hall last fall.

Gaeil Farrar photo
Published: February 09, 2012 7:00 AM

Horsefly resident Gloria Antypowich will sign copies of her first book Hearts at Risk this Friday, Feb. 10 at Save-On Foods from 1 to 4 p.m.

Although she has been involved in farming and ranching most of her life, Gloria says her cowboy romance novel is in no way a reflection of her own life experiences. “It’s not my story, its totally fiction,” Gloria says.

In this romantic novel veterinarian Franke Lamonte flees her shattered life as a veterinarian in Alberta and finds the solitude she needs to heal in the anonymity of working as a ranch hand in the Cypress Hills of Southern Saskatchewan.

All is going well until Colt Thompson roars onto the scene and the sparks fly from every direction.

Gloria says she self- published the book last year and is very happy to have already recouped her investment.

“Just today I met two people who said they read my book and just loved it,” Antypowich says. “That’s music to a writer’s ears.”

Gloria grew up on a farm in Alberta and set the story in the Saskatchewan’s Cypress Hills because they have always fascinated her.

Gloria says she didn’t draft out a story line for the book, just let it evolve. “Sometimes the story takes over, the people become real and the story just grows,” Gloria says.

For a number of years Gloria and her husband Lloyd farmed near Stettler, Alberta but in 1970 they moved to Elkford because she was asthmatic and needed the fresh mountain air. Lloyd worked at the nearby coal mine, but Lloyd always missed farming.

In 1973 they moved to Horsefly where they raised their four children and are now retired with six grandchildren. Their granddaughter Jennifer Jackson and her fiance Tyler Maitland are featured on the cover of the book.

“My husband was a farmer at heart so as soon as he figured I could handle it we were out of there,” Gloria says of their Elkford days.

Four years ago the couple sold most of their ranch and retired to the 100 acres they kept for their own use. Their daughter Cindy and her husband Gary Isaac built a house on the property which includes a bright daylight suite for the retirees on the ground floor.

“Its been a fabulous arrangement,” Gloria says. They can help with their grandchildren, and both families can take holidays knowing someone is home to take care of the house and animals.

Gloria says she started writing 20 years ago but it wasn’t until she retired and had more time that she started writing seriously. A writer friend had successfully self-published her book and encouraged her to do the same, so she decided to go for it.

With the success of Hearts at Risk Gloria is working on a sequel which she hopes to finish by spring so that she and Lloyd can spend time camping and fishing on Quesnel Lake next summer.

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Lexi Dodson is a woman who has bowed to one of the worst betrayals a woman can have forced on her, but she deals with the consequences, fights her way through her pain and triumphs.

The book gripped me from the first page and held me to the wonderful ending. I could relate with these characters in their pain, their anger, their hope and their love. This book deals with a topic that is not easy to discuss, often is never brought out into the open and without loving support and hope, scars the victim for life. Souder dealt with it realistically and compassionately and her characters are very believable.

This was a great read and I highly recommend it.

You can follow T.M. Souders at http://tmsouders.com/

Enjoy this book of hope and second chances .

My toast to you for a satisfying read

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At 4 o`clock in the morning, Julia Henry is looking through her stepsons telescope at  Place Papineau, the apartment block 2 streets down from her house. She is trying to find the balcony at #808 on the eighth floor; an apartment that she and her husband vacated months ago, but are still being billed for rent on.Not only is this illegal, but she is certain that someone else is renting it.

This morning, while she`s is looking for a light or any other sign of life in # 808, she witnesses the spectacle of death, as the girl who had lived next to them in  #807, bursts through a window and falls 8 floors to certain death on the snow below.

Julia is sickened by the spectacle. She did not know the girl very well, but she had spoken to her once or twice and she cannot ignore what she has seen. She doesn`t even consider doing so. She grabs the keys to her van and races down to Place Papineau.

Amanda Reilly dies as Julie kneels beside her, and Julia finds herself drawn into a mystery that revolves around Amanda’s unexplained death, faulty accounting and secrets at Place Papineau, the Aylmer rapist who has struck repeatedly in the area, and a missing memory card from Amanda`s camera that probably contains pictures that would incriminate someone who desperately wants to remain anonymous.

This story is full of twists and turns, a glimpse of paranormal, deceit, murder, lies and depravity and deep and painful secrets that change lives when they are revealed. I loved the way Kate Burns let the story line unfold and I didn`t foresee the way it played out until it was happening.

The Ophelia Trap drew me in from the very first page and kept me eagerly reading eagerly to the very end.

You can follow Kate Burns at  http://kateburnsauthor.wordpress.com/

Here’s my toast to a great read!

Piercing Through the Darkness

Piercing Through the Darkness by Emerald Barnes

WOW! What suspence!!

A tragic accident tore Jonathan Chandler’s life apart when his wife and young daughter were killed the previous fall. His life carried on, even though he would have welcomed the comfort of death. He performed his job as a science teacher at the college, but his job was just a vehicle he used to keep himself busy so he could make it through the crushing emptiness of each day. Nothing had meaning.

Then a new student showed up in his class. (more…)

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Chocolicious!   (That cover makes me drool—I’d love the recipe!)

Everything in Blair Nightingale’s life has not been sweet, addicting comfort.

As a young woman Blair didn’t really know what she wanted. Her sister, Vicki, said that she all she did was spend her time dreaming about new exotics places and wild adventures. She had gone to college and gotten a degree in psychology, but she had wanted to escape the routine dullness of her life in small town, Lakepoint, Indianna.  When she met charming, wonderful Larry, she felt she had opened the door to an exciting life in California where he lived.

In the beginning Larry was persistent and heady in his pursuit of her—the perfect romance! And in the beginning he truly was in love and he worked hard to provide the security and life that he wanted for his family; the life he had never had in his childhood.

But in real life there can be a fine line between-continue reading....> ambition and greed. (more…)

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