November 2013

All The Blue Eyed Angles by Jen Blood_AA160_Sins of the father Book 2by Jen Blood_

Southern Cross Book 3 by Jen Blood_Before the After Book 5 by Jen Blood

I have become a great fan of the Erin Solomon Penology and Jen Bloods writing.  I read “Sins of the Father” first, then decided to go back and start at the beginning so I bought  “All the Blue Eyed Angels, Book l of the Erin Solomon Pentology” and then I eagerly devoured “Southern Cross.”  I was hooked on the series and when “Before the After” came out I immediately snapped it up. I was not disappointed. Once again this book takes the reader on a fast paced journey and the plot becomes even more sinister.

In this series, Erin Solomon returns to her childhood home of Littlehope after inheriting Payson Island.  She is plagued by elusive memories of her childhood and a mysterious and devastating fire that killed the congregation of Payson Church of Tomorrow. The fire happened when Erin was ten and everyone thought it was the result of a cult suicide pact. Erin discovered it was not and sets out to solve the murders.  Add two totally different types of men; Diggs, an old friend who obviously cares for Erin as more than a friend and Juarez who is also head over heels in love with her and you have a heart tugging love triangle.

The story line that embodies  a religious cult, dark mystery, murder and constant action and danger runs through out the first four books, compelling the reader to continue reading to find out what is going to happen next.  The plot becomes more sinister, taking you into unexpected terrain.  I anxiously await the final book to find out what happens in this series, but I would be happy to see Erin Solomon and friends venture into a new mystery.

Do yourself a favor and buy all of them, then start with book one and follow the mystery all the way through.

This series can be purchased on Amazon





This is a delightful little book that could/should be read over and over again as a bedtime story to children. Adults can also learn from the simple poems that encourage individuals to embrace who they are and be proud to let their lives shine.


Young and old, we all need to realize that we are each special, that we each have a light to show. People who are born with different abilities are no less a spiritual being than others, and often they teach us about kindness and love in a basic simple way beyond the scope of most, if we are open to the message.


This is a tiny little book with a very big message. When children learn it from their parents arms, it establishes a solid base for them to grow from. Please share it.


This book can be purchased at Amazon  Put it someones Christmas stocking or give it to new parents!



Stand By Your Man by Bobby Hutchinson_ - Copy

A week ago, when I was making my first visit to Story Cartel I discovered “Stand By Your Man” by Bobby Hutchinson. I have to confess, I met Bobby Hutchinson 25 years ago when I was attending writers conferences and had dreams of being an author myself. Through time I lost touch with her and most of the other members of the writing community. I was delighted to see her work again so I downloaded it for free. For the record, I read widely and I know I can give this review with no bias.

I used to be an avid reader of simple romances and while my tastes have changed more toward woman’s contemporary works through the years, I absolutely loved “Stand By Your Man.”

This is by no means a simple romance; it has mystery, as well as the depth of contemporary elements that include a dysfunctional family and Maddy the PI, whose secondary job seems to keeping the whole Bertusso family from falling apart or destroying itself. Add to that, hunky Finn Fisher who has his own emotional baggage, plus Zoe, his adorable daughter and the rest of his dysfunctional family; top it all off the undeniable attraction that leads to the steamy sex that he and Maddy share with no promises or commitments and you have a great read.

I loved the snappy dialogue, the quirky and sometimes hackneyed little lines, the notes she tacked up everywhere, the farting dog; it was a refreshing, fun filled read with a depth I don’t always expect to find in this genre. I have to admit that as I read I smiled often, even giggled out loud.

Snap this one up! Don’t miss a treasure!

you can purchase this book on Amazon