February 2016


Secret Father by Suz DeMello

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I discovered Secret Father in a group where other authors were promoting their Kindle ebooks. I was attracted to the cover and the summary of the book caught my attention so I bought it.

I knew nothing about the author, Suz deMello, until I finished reading and saw the impressive collection of work that she has written.

As soon as I started reading,  I appreciated the skill with which she drew the reader into the reality of the characters and I really enjoyed the book.

I felt Linda Travers conflicting emotions. I could feel her shock when she realised that her new client was Dave Madsen, the man who had taken off for the Amazon, without a word, after they had spent a passionate night after the end-of-the-term college grad party. That night had meant a lot to her—Dave had been her hero, her unrequited love, since he had saved her life when she was 13 years old. But he had no recollection of who she actually was when they fell onto his bed that night…the night that had left her pregnant and on her own.

While Dave was roaming the Amazon and following his dream, her life had changed forever. She was never carefree like the rest of the people her age; she struggled to make it through her pregnancy, get her training as a physical therapist and raise their son, Mac—the son he knew nothing of. He had played no role in their life through those difficult years and she had survived without his support. Now that he had come back to town she knew that she had to tell him about the child—and she had to tell her son that his father had returned from the Amazon.

I related to her conflicting feelings. Dave definitely wanted to be a part of their son’s life, but while sexual magnetism tugged to pull them together, she was not certain if he actually cared about her.  She was torn as she watched Mac and Dave bond. Sometimes happy for them, sometimes angry and resentful, sometimes feeling shut out, Linda had so many things to work through, and she often reacted with insecurity, and was less than straight forward.

Dave, on the other hand, was unfailingly honest, and he saw things through a prism of simple facts.

Mac had problems of his own. He was a good kid, but he had a lot of adjusting to do too. He was awed at having a dad, but he also had always been the center of attention with his mother. Like all kids, he tried to play both ends against the middle between his parents until Dave caught on.

The characters in Secret Father are very believable—quite honestly I really liked Dave, and I felt for Linda.  Sexual tension oozed between them, but there was no graphic sex. Mac was a six-year-old kid; a charmer and a little devil at times. One thing that I really enjoyed was sharing the growth of the characters as they found their way.

Be sure to read this great book. It has plenty of real emotion, enough twists and curves to keep the reader interested and it took me to places that I hadn’t expected.

You can buy Secret Father on Amazon.com by clicking here

 

 

Blue Grass State of Mind by Kathleen Brooks

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Bluegrass State of Mind had lingered on my Kindle for a while, so one night I decided to read it. It actually was just what I needed after reading a few “heavier” books!

High-powered New York Attorney, McKenna Mason, and her friend, Danielle DeLuca, who is the receptionist on the floor where her offices are at Greendale, Thompson and Hitchem, make an unexpected stop by the office one night and she discovers something that changes her happy life completely. Her so called boyfriend and many of the high rollers at GTH, as well as some highly influential government officials, are having a party—the kind that ends in the rape and the probable death of a young woman. Horrified at what she happens upon, she dials 911 and then tries to intercede on behalf of the girl.

She is unable to prevent what has happened, but now McKenna knows too much and her life is at stake. As she try’s to get away, she is pursued and captured by her angry boyfriend, Chad Taylor. He pushes her around and hits her repeatedly, and she is unable to fight back until Danielle’s voice distracts him when she calls out, looking for McKenna. That brief distraction gives McKenna the break she needs to break his hold and escape. She and Danielle flee, with Chad hot on their heels. As McKenna gets inside her car and slams the door shut, he is there, trying to stop her. Danielle comes bulleting through the parking lot in her car and runs him over.

Both women know that they are as good as dead unless they cut all ties and run.  They pack and leave their homes that very night, each going their separate ways, promising to keep in touch by using a private email once they feel safe.

McKenna ends up in Keeneston, Kentucky to apply for the assistant D.A. job. When she was 12 years old she had met Will Ashton through her grandmother. He had been her first crush—given her that first kiss. Seventeen years have passed since then, but she knew he lived in Keeneston and planned to look him up, hoping that he would put in a good word for her.

Will Ashton hasn’t forgotten McKenna, and he is definitely interested In more than merely putting in a good word for her—but he has been married and though they are divorced, his ex still wants to reel him back in.

You will never discover another town like Keeneston! It makes for a fun read and some hilarious incidents—all though quite frankly I would have felt claustrophobic living there!

McKeena performs outstandingly in the courtroom. Will is the kind of man every woman would love to have in their life.  The secondary characters are lovable, even if they are all busybodies—but they are busybodies with their hearts in the right place—and they will do anything to protect the people who they envelop into the community.

Of course, this wouldn’t be a great story if the bad guys didn’t show up and create problems!  But in a town like Kenneston?—well let’s just say you have to read to find what happens!

Well worth the read—it ended with a cliff-hanger (which usually ticks me off)—and I immediately purchased the next two books in the Series, because I HAD to know the rest of the story!

You can purchase Bluegrass State of Mind on Amazon.com  by clicking here

 

Risky Shot by Kathleen Brooks

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After I finished Blue Grass State of Mind, I immediately ordered Risky Shot ( from my Kindle as I lay in bed—OMG you gotta love it!)  Blue Grass State of Mind concluded with Danielle De Luca arriving on McKenna’s doorstep and I simply had to find out what she had been doing since she and McKenna Mason had gone their separate ways as they fled for their lives.

After they left an upscale bar where they had celebrated Mckenna’s 29th birthday, they had stopped by Greendale, Thompson and Hitchem where they worked so McKenna could pick up a file that she and forgotten and Danielle could get her keys.  McKenna had accidently interrupted an office party that had included rape and the possible death of a young woman. The two women had known that the powerful people involved would not rest until they two were dead so they had quickly gotten out of town. McKeenna had ended up in Keeneston, Kentucky. Danielle had stayed around New York, laying low and gathering evidence to bring the criminals to justice.

After she arrives in Keeneston, she works with the FBI and law enforcement to nail down the bad guys. As she does the entire story of her months in New York, the danger she braved, the discomfort and sacrifice that she had endured to learn everything she could, is revealed.

She is enveloped by the town, just as McKenna had been and just as had happened with McKenna everyone knew what was happening, even before she did.

And of course there is a romantic interest. Mohtadi Ali Rahmen is a foreign prince who lives in Keeneston, and he has been given an ultimatum by his powerful father. He must marry someone of his own choice (who is acceptable) before a given date, or he has to accept an arranged marriage. Mohtadi has refused very woman that his father has delivered to his horse ranch in Kentucky. When he and Danielle meet there is an instant attraction, but when they learn that the criminals have tracked her to Keeneston their happiness is threatened.

This was a great story, but it ended with a cliff hanger that really ticked me off. I was really upset, but I HAD to know what happened next, so once again I downloaded Dead Heat, the third book in the series.

You can purchase Risky Shot at Amazon.com by clicking here.

 

Dead Heat by Kathleen Brooks

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The second book in this series, (Risky Shot) ended on a cliff-hanger that annoyed me. How could the author end the book with a line that lets you know that the two lead female characters got shot and you have no idea if they lived or not??? Well it was a clever ploy by Kathleen Roberts, because the reader is in absolute shock and they just HAVE to buy the next book to find out what happened!

Dead Heat was worth the annoyance. Of course McKenna and Danielle survived, but they can’t let the shooter know that they did or he’ll come back to finish the job. But Page Davis had saw where the shot came from and ran to the back of the building to intercept the shooter as he made his escape. He knows that she seen him and he got a good look at her when she yelled at him. Now they know her life is in danger as well.

Cole Parker is an FBI agent who has been working on the case that involves McKenna and Danielle, and it is his job to protect her—but his heart is also involved with this stubborn, independent woman who has brushed him aside all through the first two books. When she refuses to go to a safe house, he decides to move in with her, posing as her boyfriend as he works along beside her in her business.

Sparks of all kinds fly, including bullets when an assassin tries to take her out in her home, even though he is there.

This was a really great book—and no cliff hanger!

Do yourself a favor—buy the three books in the series immediately, so you can just read and enjoy!

You can purchase Dead Heat at Amazon.com by clicking here.

 

 

 

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Francine Bunn will never leave a review on Amazon, but that does not diminish the importance of her appreciation for my books! She is also a fan of my husband’s writing. This is a post that she left on Facebook after I shared an Amazon review for A Second Chance.

Francine Bunn Gloria’s books are awesome. They are a great read, I’m sure you won’t want to put the book down once you start and you will be looking forward to the next book. Pick one up today and enjoy. Also her husband Lloyd writes great books, I’ve enjoyed many hours of reading. Thank you Lloyd and Gloria I have had many hours of enjoyment reading your books.”

All authors have these wonderful, supportive people who read their books. It’s just that they do not write formal reviews, but they are very important to the heart and soul of a writer!

Thank you to Francine Bunn!

 

A SECOND CHANCE eBook
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Grayson and Sarah what can I say?, January 29, 2016
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I have read this book and done nothing else until I finished it. Phew what a marathon… I enjoyed the way the story unfolded telling how Sarah run away from a really bad man to protect her and her son, and how her new friends all help her to a life of safety on a ranch where she meets Grayson. As her story unfolds Grayson falls more in lover with her determined she is the woman for him he tells her of his dark life that has led him to the ranch… Is this all to much for Sarah will they be able to move on well I got so in grossed I just had to keep reading to find out…
A SECOND CHANCE eBook
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Guys don’t read romance novels…WRONG!, January 21, 2016
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This review is from: A Second Chance (The Belanger Creek Ranch Series Book 4) (Kindle Edition)

I read “A Second Chance” because Gloria read and reviewed my book and I decided, by my choice, to read and review hers as well. I was hesitant as it was a romance novel, but that could not be farther from the truth. It was romantic at times, but in my opinion it is not a romance novel. It is a heart-warming story of Sarah and her son Taylor who spent 14 years running from a bad relationship and her abusive father. She lived scared, mostly for her son, moving every time her ex-boyfriend, Taylor’s father, caught up with them.

It is a story of family, new friendships and of perseverance. Finally, Sarah met a man, Grayson who inevitably tamed her stubborn streak and lessened her fears. Grayson immediately loved little Taylor, and as Taylor was growing up and needing a father figure in his life, the feeling was mutual. Grayson drew Sarah into his life through his own stubborn streak, and wormed his way into her heart. Grayson has his own dark secret which led to problems with Sarah when he finally told her his story.

For a long time toward the end, the story was sweet and nice but interesting enough to keep my attention, but I kept wondering when the ex-boyfriend was going to throw a monkey wrench into the works. I would have been disappointed if the book had ended without him showing back up to wreak havoc. I was not disappointed.

Knowing what I do now, I would read a similar book in a heartbeat. You cannot not like the story, and that goes for you men out there. Excellent story! There were regular editing problems, but the story still warrants my rating.

The Rest of Forever by M. Elaine Moore

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This is an amazing story.

When twenty-seven -year-old Angeline Myers goes riding her bike in the heavy morning fog, she places herself in the path of a car whose driver cannot see her until it is too late.  The tragic accident forever changes the lives of her twenty-eight-year-old husband, Youth Pastor, Noah Myers and their two infant daughters, Claire and Colton. Noah is shattered—he has always loved Angeline, he can’t fathom his life without her.  Noah is comforted by his brother and his wife and his church family, as well as his deep belief in God. But the loss is still devastating. Not only is he dealing with his grief, but he is suddenly thrust into taking over the role that Angeline had played in their life; the role of housekeeper, cook and motherhood. He often feels like he is drowning in pain, not knowing how to go on.

Lindsey Preston was the driver of the car. She is devastated, wracked by grief and guilt knowing that she has killed a young woman who was someone’s wife and a mother. That she has ruined their lives. Lindsey does not have a support system. She forces herself to go to work, but she has no one that she confides in, no one to share her anguish with.

She feels she has to talk to the husband, tell him how sorry she is. Finally, she gathers her courage and goes to Noah’s house, fully expecting him to rage at her and heap blame on her for what had happened.

Noah doesn’t welcome her with open arms, but he makes it clear that he doesn’t blame her for what happened. It was simply a tragic accident and if anyone was to blame it was Angeline for riding her bike in those conditions. Then he told her to leave. He watched her turn away, and felt mixed emotions as he watched her get in her car and sob brokenly.

Feeling bad about being rude, he phoned her that evening and asked her to come over. He had questions that only she could answer. She agreed and they sat and talked. They began to talk on a regular basis, comforting each other, supporting each other as no one else could because they shared a common bond. The accident that had changed both of their lives and no one else could really understand the feelings they both felt. Gradually they began to meet for coffee, and the relationship changed subtly.

Over time their emotions became involved, but neither one could acknowledge their feelings, because of the circumstances. She had killed his wife, even if it was an accident. Noah’s brother was angry and bitter about what he saw happening between them. Gradually people in the church family began to question Noah’s judgement, and his ability to be a good example to the youth that he mentored.

Technically Noah and Lindsey had done nothing wrong. They had become “friends.” They began to do things together because they shared common interests, but they hadn’t acknowledged feelings that simmered below the surface and they definitely hadn’t step over the moral line. Lindsey knew she loved Noah and she could not watch him lose everything that was important in his life. Ultimately she knew she had to make a decision…and she did.

Moore writes in a way that draws you right into the feelings and emotions of the characters. I felt Noah’s devastation, I shared his sleepless nights, the intense longing for Angeline, his overwhelming grief, how difficult it was to face holidays like Halloween and Christmas as a single parent, without his companion beside him. They had always done family things together and he didn’t know how he could face it alone.

I felt Lindsey’s devastation, her guilt. I understood that she couldn’t eat, that she couldn’t sleep. I felt her need for someone to share the burden with. I felt her fear when her past came back to haunt her.

I felt the comfort that the two of them drew from each other, even though it would have seemed so unlikely in another circumstance. I also saw the little things that they had in common accumulate, and in my mind I began to see that while he never acknowledged it, Noah had a more satisfactory relationship with Lindsey because she actually shared his deepest interests. He and Angeline had loved each other and were married, but the deep friendship that came with truly having shared interests was lacking, whether he admitted it or not.

I’ll be honest, I often avoid books that include a lot of religious nuances, and this book had the earmarks of a sometimes typical “Christian” book—but while Noah was very devout and fully embraced his beliefs, he came across as very human. He quoted scripture often and he lived by his faith, but that was just an inherent part of who he was. I didn’t feel like the author was using him to preach to the reader.  And he struggled with his human traits, just as people do in real life.

I honestly can’t say enough about how much I LOVED this book. Every once in awhile you read a book that is outstanding, and for me this was one of those books.

The Rest of Forever can be purchased on Amaxzon.com by clicking here.

Alien Nightmares by Sharon Delarose

I enjoyed reading this book by Sharon Delarose and I appreciated her straightforward way of writing. She didn’t try to twist anyone’s arm to make them believe what she presented—she simply laid out the facts as she remembers them (supported by her dream diary) and let the reader accept or not accept. I admire her for sharing her thoughts with a world that could be very skeptical. My heart goes out to her for the things that she has experienced and are very real to her.

I also appreciated the sections about Latent Abilities and Judge Not The Alien Agenda. I felt they were worth giving real thought to.

I have long believed that earth has been (probably still is) visited by “aliens.” In fact, I have long believed that they are mentioned in the Bible. One instance would be The wheel within a wheel in Ezekiel (although I know that religious scholars have debunked that, as well as other instances.)

I remember those years between 1965 and 1968 when UFO sightings were reported frequently. I was newly married with young children. We didn’t have TV, so everything I learned came from radio reports and what I read in newspapers and magazines, but I was like a sponge eagerly soaking it all up.

I remember searching the skies, wishing I would see one, but I never wanted to be abducted. Everything I read about that was scary, and after reading Sharon Delarose’s book, I thank the universe and God that I wasn’t one of those “chosen.”

About that time my husband’s uncle visited, and he told us he had seen a UFO race across the sky over his field in northern Saskatchewan, Canada. Now uncle was suspect—we all wondered if he was telling the truth. But our accountant at Stettler, Alberta, was a rock solid man and he told us that the inhabitants of the village where he lived (Mirror, Alberta) had watched a very large UFO the shape of a cigar, flying low enough to be startling, as it followed the railroad tracks toward the village and then it accelerated up and disappeared. Through the years—even recently, I have checked UFO/Crop Circle sightings on the internet and seen reports of them in areas that I know in western Canada. UFO sightings have been reported all over the world, though to my knowledge, never again in the huge numbers that were reported in the 1960’s.

I think it is arrogant for humans to believe that we are the only intelligent entities in the vastness of the universe, although I understand that religions and governments on this planet would not want us to think that way. Admitting that probability would shake the foundations of what our societies and beliefs have been based on for at least the last 2000 years or more. Yet I do not believe in hiding the truth from the people. Imagine the shock and panic that would occur if there were to be irrefutable contact from aliens in the future.

Imagine what would happen if a large UFO or a fleet of them entered our skies with the intent of landing and connecting with us! I’m certain that before they knew if the alien’s intent was peaceful or not, the governments of the world would scramble to unite and pull together all their joint military resources to deploy every sort of aircraft, missile, and other weaponry available to fight them off. What reaction could we expect from the aliens?

This book is non-fiction, and while I found it very interesting, I am going to give it 3 stars. That does not mean that I did not enjoy it, because I certainly did. In fact, I went on to purchase two more books that Sharon Delarose co-authored with Lars Bergen: Ancient Aliens and the Age of Giants: Through the Wormhole and Ancient Aliens and the Lost Islands: Through the Wormhole.

You can purchase this book on Amazon.com by clicking here

Ancient Aliens and The Age of Giants bergen DelaroseI read Ancient Aliens and the Age of Giants and found it interesting, but heavy reading. It has a great deal of documentation and referrals to support the theory of Giants having lived on this earth. I have no problem believing that they did. Once again that has old testament Bible references and the facts were woven into the writing where they applied.

Also, Bergan and Delarose quoted reports of archeological finds in the USA and Mexico that supported their presentation, as well as archeological finds around the world.

I have often wondered why some of the brutal leaders like Genghis Khan and Attila the Hun had the temperament that they did, but when I read some of the reports about the giants who apparently existed in that part of the world it made sense to me. (NOTE: Genghis & Attila were NOT mentioned by Bergan and Delarose)

When I finished reading The Age of Giants, I decided to move on to something lighter.

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Ancient Aliens and the Lost Islands -bergenDelaroseSomewhere down the road, I will read Ancient Aliens and the Lost Islands which can be purchased at Amazon.com by clicking here.

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