March 2013


Dear Goria,
I read both of your books Hearts at risk and Run. Wow! I couldn’t put them down, but at the same time I had to slow myself down because I didn’t want either of them to end. I actually felt loss each time I finished a book. Your stories captivate me. I am wondering when the release date for the third book in the trilogy will be released! I look forward to reading the stories you create. Thank you for writing them.
Sincerely,
Margaret Ramsey
100 Mile House B.C.

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As a first novel, Disappearing in Plain Sight,is a stellar accomplishment for Franics Guenette. As a rule, I only read with my Kindle when I go to bed at night, but once I started to read this book I didn’t want to stop. I read until 2 o’clock in the morning, which is two and a half hours past my normal bed time. I shut my kindle off and tried to go to sleep, but I was so captivated by the story that I couldn’t shut my mind down. It took me a long time to drift off and when I woke up in the morning, I made coffee, grabbed my kindle and continued reading.

This is no ordinary book; There is real depth and maturity to it and I was struck by Guenette’s deep understanding of human nature and emotions. (Later, I was not surprised when I read her bio and realized that she has in depth experience in working with people who have suffered trauma and abuse and need to heal.) She has created a cast of wonderful, complicated characters, each with their own underlying circumstances. She has woven them into a plot that twists and turns, keeping you guessing the outcome all the way. This work explores a wide spectrum of emotions in the lives of characters who are “disappearing in plain sight.”

Gueneete’s description of the characters, the area around Crater Lake,the garden, the cabins and the complex where they lived and worked is so realistic, I could see it and feel. I would love to visit the place if it existed in real life, in fact I looked on line to see if I could find it.

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I loved this book and highly recommend it. Don’t miss a great read!

This book captured me from beginning to end. David Drake and Vicki (Vitoria) Benvinuti were star crossed lovers in high school and after graduation, their relationship did not survive David’s  service in Vietnam.

Years later, they meet again and fan the flame of love that still smoulders between them. Now they are both successful people in the world of business.  When David starts buying up shares in her family’s business, Vicki is convinced he is trying to make a hostile takeover.  His apparent betrayal quickly turns the flicker of love into a raging fire of anger and she fights him with everything she has, vowing she will let no one strip her family of their hard earned holdings. David knows what he needs to accomplish and he will do what ever it takes to achieve it.   In the boardroom he is cunning, ruthless and determined.  In his heart he holds a loyalty to a man who befriended him years ago.  He has given his word, and he will not betray it, even to salvage his relationship with Vicki.

Martin’s descriptive writing is masterful and compelling. The plot is cleverly woven, taking you from farm fields and vineyards in Poke Valley, California, into the offices of big business in cities of America; from the fear and desolation of a young man on the battlefield in Vietnam, back to the US, on the platform of an oil rig  that is eating up millions of dollars he can’t afford to lose as it drills a dry hole. It is filled with action, intrigue, loyalty, love, revenge, mystery and suspense. The characters were well rounded; flawed but believable, and I related to them completely.  I fell in love with David Drake.

I read a lot, and I read many different genres. I have to say, it has been a long time since I have read a book that had so much depth to it; one that I know I will read again and as an author myself, thought “this is a book I would be proud to have written.”

In the past few months I have read several of L.J. Martins books and I have become a fan. I am so impressed with his ability to write to so many different genres and do it so well.

Don’t miss a great read.  You can purchase Windfall on Amazon

5 stars for The Gay Mardi Gras Murders (A Mia Ferrari Mystery) by Sylvia Massara’s

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I became a fan of Sylvia Massara’s writing when I read The Soul Bearers.  Since then, I have read all of her books, including Playing with the Bad Boys, the first book in the Mia Ferrari series.

This second book in the series did not disappoint me. The Gay Mardi Gras Murders convincingly portrays the world of the Mardi Gras,  transsexuals, drag queens and violent family vengeance.   I enjoy Mia Ferrari’s smartars attitude and her unflagging determination and ability to solve the problems she encounters.   She exhibits skills that help her deal with people on a sensitive, personal level, earning their confidence and getting them to open up to her.  She also has an irrational dislike for Phil Smythe from the police department, and wilfully defies him,working behind his back to gleefully prove that  she can achieve what his department can not.  In the end she tacks down the murderer, but finds she is not invincible and cannot do everything on her own.  Friends can be enemies, and enemies may turn out to be friends.

I liked Mia’s personal growth in this book; while she is still bitter about her ex, she is comes to realize how important friends are, and understand that she does not need a romantic relationship to be complete.

I am waiting for the next book in the series.  This book shines a glimmer of light on new possibilities.  I’m sure Mia will never lose her fire and determination, but will we see changes in her?

Don’t miss a great read.  To purchase The Gay Mardi Gras Murders go to Amazon.

Once you’ve enjoyed this great read, it would be appreciated by the author if you went to Amazon and left a review!

First of all, I love the cover of this book!

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I thoroughly enjoyed the read as well.  As he did in Ruptured, Tarrek Refaat has, once again, delivered a many faceted portrayal of his characters emotions, thoughts and interactions.

What is love?  Where do you look for it?  Does it fulfill you?  Does it cause you to sacrifice your freedom?  Who can you trust?  Male or female, most people want to find love, but in our complicated world many are wary, afraid of being hurt or taken advantage of.

Four women, who are long time friends, come from varied backgrounds and different experiences.  They struggle with their individual perceptions and desires. They support each other and offer advice, but in the end, each individual has to trust their own heart.

The men they meet have the same desires and insecurities.  Some are deceptive scoundrels; others fight for what they want with determination; others recoil from rejection and watch their dreams slip away.   Ultimately, each individual has to decide to take a risk if they really want to get the prize.

To get anything, you have to be willing to give something in return and the truth is, and you’ll often find love in the least expected places.

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I highly recommend Ribbons and Heels as a great read.  Enjoy!

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This book is a delightful collection of the experiences of a young couple who immigrated to Canada in 1979, to start life anew in a country that offered personal freedom and room to expand and grow that was not possible in their densely populated homeland.

It is filled with their wonder as they experience a different culture; language barriers, confusion, happiness, difficult and painful times, and their Swiss families disapproval and  unwillingness to accept that they would forsake their homeland and family, to embrace a strange new world.

Verena and her husband were not your normal run-of-the-mill people.  They were curious and adventuresome; this was evident when they chose to go to the “end of the earth” to get married in Barrow, Alaska.

I often laughed out loud, as I read Verena’s honest and hilarious portrayals of their experiences in their new homeland.  I have to admit,the title of the book threw me; I thought it would relate to living in the Cariboo, but it doesn’t and it has a wonderful significance in the story.

The introduction to the book says that it will appeal to immigrants, but I am not an immigrant and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Last fall I also purchased an audio version of the book, read by the author.  It enhanced my enjoyment even more.  Ms. Berger’s voice brings to life in a very personal way, the reality of the families experiences and I enjoyed her stories again on a totally different level.

Do not miss this wonderful collection of stories.  Look for this book in your local book stores, at xlibris.com, Amazon.com or contact verenaberger.com.  And do yourself a special favour and by the audio version as well. Also check  out Verena Berger on Goodreads, and after you have finished the book,kindly leave a review!