Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Centrifugal Force by Lisa J. Lickel

Centrifugal Force
by Lisa J. Lickel

In the turmoil of 2011, an American college administrator and a German socio-economics expert attempt to rectify the past to save their children and preserve the fragile world in crisis.
Rachel Michels made a poor choice which resulted in her biggest blessing, her daughter, Maeve. When the father of that blessing returns decades later, she knows he wants something she’d taken from him. Rachel has lived in near seclusion and mistrust, fearful of losing the one person who’s kept her life from coming unglued.
Professor Gervas Friedemann returns to Wisconsin, seeking a missing ancient artifact, along with help for his oldest daughter who is suffering from a rare genetic blood disorder. With the European Union at stake, blackmail could negatively impact a crucial vote in the German Parliament unless Gervas recovers an irreplaceable relic he left in the United States on a lecture tour a lifetime ago. He knows who took the piece of history he once flaunted—the woman who had stolen his soul. He only hopes she still has the ring.

My Review:  Two broken people, harboring their own secrets, entangled in a love affair spanning decades reconnect in the town where they met years prior. The theft of a priceless ring creates an international plot of intrigue and suspense. The conspiracy to tear apart the European Union, blackmail, and espionage leave them racing for their lives.

Ms. Lickel writes a profound and compelling story which is hard to put down. I thoroughly recommend this novel which is slightly different from the author’s other endeavors. The plot is well thought out with underlying stories and a tremendous amount of political and historical research. Centrifugal Force is the best of the best.

Lisa Lickel lives in the rolling hills of western Wisconsin. Surrounded by books and dragons, she writes inspiring fiction. Her novels include mystery and romance, all with a twist of grace. She writes short stories and radio theater, is an avid book #reviewer and #reader, writing mentor, workshop leader, freelance #editor, and blogger. She loves to encourage new #authors and is a member of Chicago Writers Association and Novel-in-Progress Bookcamp & Writers Retreat. Find more at

Friday, December 22, 2017

Threes, Sixes & Thieves by Julie B. Cosgrove

Julie B. Cosgrove latest Bunco Biddies Mystery


Sunset Acres isn't safe. Thieves are targeting homes with threes and sixes in their house numbers. Caught in the act, one robber is arrested, but later found hanged in his jail cell. The police claim it's a suicide. Janie and her Bunco Biddies worry there might be dirty cops in Alamoville...but who can they convince?

My Review:  The ringleader of the Bunco Biddies, Janie and her son-in-law, Detective Blake Johnson, are recovering from their last case which landed them in the hospital. Now Blake is finally going to take a much needed vacation to reconnect with his family.

Before he leaves, there’s a robbery at Sunset Acres and of course, Janie is knee deep in solving it, so much so that the chief of police asks for her help. He’s a little too friendly and 

Janie isn’t sure of his intentions. Something is going on and she’s determined to find out what it is.

In book three of the series, Ms. Cosgrove continues with the laughable but skillful, Bunco Biddies. Janie and her friends are true amateur sleuths. While the light comedic format flows through the three novels in this series, this particular plot is more complex. You really don’t know who committed the crime until the very end. Great suspense with a heartwarming ending.

A little bit about Julie:  Freelance writer, author and speaker Julie B Cosgrove leads retreats, workshops, and Bible studies. She writes regularly for several Christian websites and publications as an Internet Missionary for Campus Crusades for Christ Canada's The Life Project.

Julie has won "one of the 50 Writers You should be Reading" in 2015 &2016, is a Grace Award finalist, Best Religious Fiction 2106 winner, and Best Cozy Mystery 2017 winner.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Song of the Shepherd Woman

In the first century, Channa’s stepfather gives her to her maternal great-uncle Avram to raise. Avram is known to be a peculiar, perhaps dangerous, man. His wife Yael cannot speak. Nevertheless, they are kind to Channah and teach her how to care for sheep. When her stepfather unexpectedly announces her betrothal to a Jerusalem tanner, the girl is forced to leave the only home she knows. 

Channah looks forward to a loving husband, but soon learns she is to be Enos the tanner’s second wife. The beautiful first wife is barren, and she resents her youthful rival. Channa struggles to adjust to marriage and city life, cherishing the hope of someday having her own child to love.

My Review:  The writing team of Havel and Faucheux does not disappoint with another Historical Fiction.  

Channa’s stepfather considers her a burden and another mouth to feed. He takes her to her maternal uncle, a shepherd. She is a happy helpful child and learns to care for the sheep, but within a few years her stepfather arrives telling her she’s betrothed. Channa is excited to return to the city for her marriage, but sorry to leave her aunt and uncle.  

The story portrays the struggles of women in the first century. Channa finds herself in one circumstance after another where she’s required to perform duties others will not accept. She longs for a child of her own, but embraces her responsibilities putting her longings aside.

The underlying story centers on the last days of Christ and Channa’s desire to follow the Way.

Carlene Havel has a degree in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She writes Christian-themed romances and historical novels. Carlene has lived in Turkey, Republic of the Philippines, and numerous US states. After a career in human resources and software development, she began writing in 2005. The Havels make their home in Texas, surrounded by their extended family. You are invited to connect with Carlene through her FaceBook author page, 

Sharon Faucheux was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Raised in Austin, Texas, she graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Psychology. After living in several others states and countries, she now resides in San Antonio, Texas. Sharon’s favorite activity is traveling with her always entertaining family.

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Monday, October 23, 2017

A New Romance From Carrie Padgett

Carrie Padgett's latest romance novella Brooke Runs Away
A Hart's Leap Romance Novella

Brooke Adler’s family warns her that the chances of finding love on reality television are about 87%. She’s a fourth grade teacher, not a statistician, but if she takes the offered opportunity, an 87% chance of a tropical vacation sounds pretty good. 

Austin Richmond isn’t interested in finding love—whatever that is—anywhere, much less on television. But his mom pleads for the publicity the show will give her non-profit foundation, so he reluctantly agrees. 

When Brooke and Austin meet on the set of Date My Son! more than sparks fly. Volleyballs and bowling balls whiz around, narrowly missing heads and hearts. Surprise visitors from home arrive on set. Engagements are announced. And withdrawn. 

Both Brooke and Austin must face past choices before they can embrace their future—and each other. 

My Review:  After her father’s death, Brooke runs from the only place she’s every known to busy Los Angeles. While filling out what she thinks is a survey, Brooke accidentally is cast in a reality dating show.

Austin the hunk on the show isn’t looking for love. He’s agreed to take the job to please his mother and promote her foundation. Brooke catches his eye at the interviews and their tumultuous journey begins.

Ms. Padgett writes an engaging and heartwarming romance. The characters spring to life from the page with appealing descriptions and dialogue set against the backdrop of a reality show where things aren’t often as they seem. I love, love, love the novella – I might just have to read it again!

Meet Carrie: Carrie Padgett is a second generation native Californian married to a third generation native. She's lived in northern, central, and southern California and declares them all wonderful places. Carrie writes contemporary fiction with romance. She believes in families, fun, and happily ever after. She and her husband live in Central California with their cat and dog and within driving distance of their grand-children.  

Friday, September 15, 2017

Release Day For Mattie's Choice by Gay N. Lewis

Release Day For Mattie's Choice by Gay N. Lewis

Today, I'd like to welcome Gay N. Lewis to my blog. She is the author of the Sarah Wingspan series. Gay has a wonderful new novel which is available today and I'm interviewing her main character, Mattie.

 Hello, Mrs. Caine,
Thanks for asking me to introduce myself to your readers. I’m a little shy, but I’ll try. My name is Mattie Colby. I grew up in a loving home. My father is English and my mother is Cherokee. My dad is a builder, and he patterned our home after Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Most of Osage Country admires and envies it. My father acquired land in Oklahoma Territory during the land rush of 1893. He was too young to make the first one in 1889. My mother’s ancestors endured the Trail of Tears. I have a twin brother, Maury and three sisters. Maury and I are the first born. By intuition, we know what the other thinks and feels. Maury is my best friend. We were looking forward to graduating high school together, but I eloped and quit school. Maury is grieved over it.

What do you care about?
I love my family and I love my husband. I’ve wanted to be is a wife and mother for as long as I can remember. Maury tells me I shouldn’t have quit school to elope with Jesse, and thinks I should have waited to marry. He even wanted me to go to college with him, but in this day and time, women don’t have many opportunities. Heavens to Betsy, in rural Oklahoma in 1925, women don’t have careers. We became wives and mothers, and that suited me just fine. What about you in your modern day? Have times changed much?

What is your biggest fear?

I’m afraid Jesse will hurt me and my babies. I try to do everything he tells me to do, but he still gets so angry. I was beyond shock the first time he hit me. When he’s nice to me, I think his fits of rage are over, but then he starts in on me again. My neighbor, Mrs. Thomason, she showed up real often with bruises, and once she had a broken arm. She claimed her husband caused it. The townspeople believed it was her fault. They gossiped and said she should have been a better wife. With my first pregnancy, I was afraid Jesse would hit me and cause harm to my baby. He told me if I did what he wanted, he wouldn’t. Mrs. Caine, it was so hard to keep him satisfied. I wore myself out trying. Do you think I should have been a better wife?

Are you keeping a secret?
Yes. Jesse doesn’t know it, but I slip across the street to see Mrs. Shuster. She and my mother have been best friends forever. Jesse forbids me to see family, but when I see their horse and buggy across the street, I go over. The kids don’t know my mother is their grandmother. They don’t know her name either. We grownups keep it a secret, just in case the kids mention my mother to their dad. My father and Maury don’t come over to Mrs. Shuster’s very often, but when they do, I hightail it over to see them. Jesse doesn’t ask me about a visit to Mrs. Shuster’s. She’s the only one he lets me see, but he’s afraid of Oklahoma tornados, and Mrs. Shuster has a cellar. That’s why he allows me to visit her. If Jesse ever asked me about a visit with my mother over there, I’d tell him the truth. So far, he hasn’t thought I’d go against him and see my folks. Mrs. Caine, do you think I’m wrong to see my family against Jesse’s wishes?

What is your greatest characteristic?
That’s a tough one to answer. Maury says it’s my faith in God. He says no one could live in the circumstances I do without faith.

What is the quality you most like in a man?
Hmmm. Let me think. I admire Jesse’s work ethic. He’s real smart. He knows how to fix a Tin Lizzy, and he’s real handy with building furniture. Just recently he bartered for a cow in return for a rocking chair he made for a neighbor. I just wish he’d realize I love him for who he is rather than what he does.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I’d like to be self-confident. I used to be, but Jesse has convinced me that I’m stupid, lazy, and not pretty. I don’t know why he thinks I’m slothful. I get up at 4:00 every morning, milk the cow, take care of chickens and make breakfast before he wakes up. Then during the day, I busy myself with household chores. I have a garden and I wash clothes on a scrub board outside. It’s a lot of work, and I’m not lazy! I wish Jesse could see that. Before I married, I had a social life, but I never considered myself fancy. I sew well, and I wore the latest fashions. My father is the wealthiest man in Osage County here in Oklahoma, but mother taught me to cook and manage a household. Even though she could afford help, she wanted her children to learn chores. My marriage to Jesse changed all that. I do chores, but whatever I do isn’t suitable. He still tells me I’m lazy and no good. Maybe he’s right. Maybe people liked me back then because my father had money. I didn’t think so at the time, but Jesse is smart and he knows more about life than I do.

Blurb from back of book:
It's 1925 in rural Oklahoma. A naïve seventeen-year-old Mattie chooses to elope with Jesse, leaving behind an ideal life with her wealthy and loving family. With hope for a happy future, she vows to stay with her husband through good times or bad, but the wonderful life Mattie dreams of is shattered by Jesse's abusive nature and his refusal to allow her to see her family.

When Jesse’s brother, Joe, brings home his new wife--the vivacious Ella--Mattie believes Ella is living the life Mattie prays to have with Jesse. As the years grow harder and Jesse and Mattie’s growing family struggles to survive The Great Depression, The Dust Bowl and illness, Jesse’s abuse worsens. 

Life also unravels for Ella and Joe as he begins to abuse his wife. Ella makes the choice that Mattie has never considered.

Will Mattie keep her vow to stay with Jesse at the risk of her own life and the life of her children or will she leave him despite the vow?

Mattie’s Choice is a historical, Christian, and Women’s fiction book about two women married to abusive brothers.

Lewis hopes this book will help women that live in abusive situations. Help was unavailable in 1925, but shelters and aid exist today. In 1925 the vogue of the day indicted the woman and exonerated the man.

Learn more about Gay:

A native Texan, Gay lives in Fulshear, a small town west of Houston.  Her husband, Paul H. Lewis pastors a small church in Rosenberg, TX.

As a pastor’s wife, Gay writes Faith Features for various church periodicals. She also writes articles for Texas Hill Country.  As a published author for Pelican Book Group, she writes in romance and fantasy fiction. Her current series is about a dyslexic angel who comes to earth to help humans, but Sarah, the angel, is more like Lucy Ricardo with humorous antics and bumbles.

The books are available in print, eBook, and audio.
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Gay would love to have you see her video trailers and become a follower of her blog. and also on Twitter @GayNLewis2.
Sarah has her own Facebook page. Follow Sarah on Facebook@ Sarah Wingspand

Friday, July 14, 2017

Release Day for Twisted by DiAne Gates

Today, DiAne Gates' book Twisted will be released. This book is the continuing adventures of Crissy Crosby which began in Roped 

What begins as a nasty rodeo competition morphs into a ring of horse thieves, an uncle with a past, and consequences that span generations.

TWISTED, continues the journey of the Crosby and Fairgate families. Will these two Texas teens finally overcome the past and discover the future God has planned, or will they forever be trapped by the crimes of their fathers?

My Review:  Twisted opens right after Crissy Crosby’s rodeo championship. Unfortunately, she and her parents are stepping into something fiercer than a ride on a bucking bronco.  She’s about to face her classmate and rodeo competitor Jodie Lea’s father, Ed Fairgate.

The Fairgate family have a long and warped history. As Ed hovers on the edge of death, the family’s secrets are unraveled. Crissy, her parents, and her grandfather try to help the Fairgate family, but the Crosby’s property is damaged and horses stolen in the process. Crissy once again reaches out to Jodie Lea, but it may be too late for all of them.

This young adult novel by Ms. Gates is action packed from the very first page. It is hard to put down and indeed has a twisted story line. While quite entertaining to read, the book is packed with a strong message of faith and character building qualities.   

A little bit about DiAne:  DiAne is an artist, writer, photographer, and GriefShare facilitator who also leads an adult edit group for North Texas Christian Writers, LifeSavers is for adults who are serious about their writing skills. 

DiAne's YA novel "Roped" released by Prism Book Group was named a YA finalist for the Grace Awards and also finaled in The Christian Literary Henri Awards for 2016. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Summer of Deception by Eva Cobb Martin


Summer of Deception - an inspirational romantic suspense
Release date by Pelican/Prism Book Group: March 24, 2017

Determined to unearth the truth about her DEA agent brother’s reported death, Rachel York takes a position at an historic Charleston, South Carolina, tea plantation, but she finds she is ill prepared to deal with the plantation’s new owner. Luke Barrett may be handsome, but he is overflowing with bitterness and distrust. Widowed and wounded, former Marine Corps Special Forces operative Luke Barrett has enough to handle with his little girl and an historic property to upkeep. The last thing he needs is a feisty, stubborn woman with whom to contend. Yet, Rachel’s determined spirit awakens something in Luke that he thought died a long time ago. Luke begins to capture Rachel’s heart until the night she uncovers evidence he may be keeping his plantation solvent by allowing cocaine to be smuggled along his coastline. Devastated by the possibility, Rachel must decide whether to confront him, even while she conceals secrets of her own. When all the deception rips asunder in a hurricane, will love or faith survive?


Elva Cobb Martin is president of the South Carolina Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers (2014-2017). She is a former school teacher and a graduate of Anderson University and Erskine College. Decision, Charisma, and Home Life have carried her articles. Summer of Deception, her debut inspirational romantic suspense novel is to be released March, 24, 2017, by Pelican Books. She has also contracted an historical romance, In a Pirate’s Debt, slated for release by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas in May, 2017. She has published a Bible study, Power Over Satan, available on, and she coordinates an internet Prayer Task Force. Elva is represented by Jim Hart of Hartline Literary. A mother and grandmother, Elva lives with her husband Dwayne and a mini-dachshund writing helper, Lucy, and a parakeet named Tweetie, in Anderson, South Carolina. She would love for  you to connect with her on her web site, her blog http://carolinaromancewit on Twitter , Facebook, and Pinterest cobbmartin/