Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Captive Bird by Claire Sanders

After many years of dry, academic publications, Claire Sanders yearned to stretch her creative muscles.  Since she’d long enjoyed the guilty pleasure of reading romance novels, Claire decided to try her hand at writing one.

After two disastrous attempts which ended up in the recycling bin, Claire’s third novel, “Fresh Start”, was published in 2008 by The Wild Rose Press.   She has since published two novellas for Barbour Books —“A Quaker Christmas” and “The Quakers of New Garden”.  She has won and finaled in numerous writing contests.  To learn more about her check out the web site

My Review:  

Jenna Ryan is safe in an environment of her own making. She lives in a small Georgia town and is thrives in the close knit community. Matt Watson tries to locate Jenna, his old childhood friend, in an effort to fulfill his uncle Frank’s dying request.
When Matt finds Jenna, her world starts to crumble. She’s drawn back into the nightmare of fifteen years ago when she was a carefree twelve year old girl. The crushing event involves Matt’s uncle and she wants no part of seeing the man Matt so deeply believes in.
Matt is insistent and Jenna resists until her secret is unraveled. He must protect her, but he’s confused with honoring the man to whom he owes so much and the woman who is falling in love with.
Frank begs everyone to bring Jenna Ryan to him; he must see her before he dies. Is there enough forgiveness to set all of them free?
Ms Sanders delivers a powerful story about the gift of forgiveness. She weaves a heart wrenching dilemma into a beautiful love story, one of hope.

The Captive Bird is available on Amazon

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Tender Triumph By Ruth Roberts

I'd like to welcome Ruth Roberts. She has worked in public relations for fifteen years.  She lives in Texas with her husband, teenage daughter and their dog, Kimi.  Her hobbies are reading romance novels and writing them.  Her family says she is addicted to books, in her opinion that’s not a bad addiction to have.  You can find her on Facebook or on the web at You can also email her at  She loves hearing from fans. 

My Review:

Natalia Montalvo returned to New York to heal her broken heart. She had suffered through the affair of her billionaire husband, their divorce, and the media splash it had made in both Italy and New York.
            She agreed to go to a charity ball knowing her ex would be there. He arrives with a beautiful blonde and Natalia escapes to the balcony to regain her composure. Her brother’s best friend and architectural giant, Jared, dashes out moments later to get away from the rich and powerful people he can’t stand just on the other side of the door in the ballroom.
            And then they meet. He’s dashing and she’s uncertain but they can’t deny what’s happening between them. But then Natalia feels that when then once again wind up at a public event with her ex and his girlfriend that Jared’s kisses are meant for show not for love. Will she be able to win him back or does he even care?

            Ruth Roberts captures the reader from the first paragraph with her alluring description of a high society charity ball in New York. The anxiety of Natalia’s uncertainty is soothed by the charm of the handsome Jared. The description of the clothing and the elegant setting of the story put me there. Nice Job, Ms. Roberts.

You may purchase Tender Triumph on Amazon or from Prism Book Group.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Autumn Blessing by Dvora Waysman

Today I'd like to welcome Dvora Waysman. She was born in Melbourne, Australia and moved to Israel in 1971 with her husband and four children. Dvora has been writing in and about Jerusalem for many years, and is syndicated in 27 newspapers abroad. She was the recipient of the "For Jerusalem" citation for her fiction, poems, and features about the city, and has won the Seeff Award for Best Foreign Correspondent. She has also been teaching Creative Writing and Journalism for the past 28 years. Dvora is the author of numerous books, including "The Pomegranate Pendant" (now a movie), its sequel "Seeds of the Pomegranate; In a Good Pasture" and her memoir "My Long Journey Home". 

Dvora's wonderful novella, Autumn Blessing lets us all know - it's never too late to fall in love:

Autumn can be a desolate season. For Dorothy, after losing her husband, the autumn of her life stretches before her lonely and uncertain. But a change, a new hobby, and new friends prove this new season to be bountiful with blessings.

My Review:

The first fall season after her husband’s death, Dorothy busies herself in the cultivation of his garden. She fears she has come to the autumn of her life, too, with no one to share it with.

Dorothy, at the urging of her friend, attends a gardening group lead by, Ron, a master gardener. He’s very helpful with his lessons, tips and occasional cuttings and soon Dorothy’s garden is in full, glorious bloom, and so is she.

She realizes she’s falling in love with Ron and he soon proposes, but Dorothy has to run the opposition of her family. Her son, daughter and grandchildren do not want anyone to step in and take over their father and grandfather’s place.

Will Dorothy be happy in her final years? Will she and Ron have a life together despite the ill feelings of her children?

Autumn Blessing is a delightful read. Ms Waysman writes a wonderful late-in-life love story woven into the seasonal changes of the garden. Thank you Dvora for helping us remember you’re never too old for love.

Learn more about Dvora at

Purchase Autumn Blessing on Amazon.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

What do you do with a bad review?

Three months after the publication of Cairo and with several outstanding reviews later, I'm hit with two fairly bad ones. They arrived on Amazon a day apart and I, for the most part, took them in stride.

Here’s what I plan to do with them:

1. I will not let them paralyze me. One of the reviews complained it had too many mentions of God and should have been labeled CHRISTIAN FICTION. Hello – it pretty clearly is. He also complained the reader couldn’t solve the mysteries. They weren’t supposed to. And as my BFF said – “Most mysteries have surprise endings.  And for clues....sorry he didn't see any.”

2.  The other reviewer thought my main character, Liz, was wishy-washy and the cousin, Donnie was weird. Yes, they sort of are. Not that I view it disturbing they came off that way – they are after all human or human in my mind. But – I’ll take it under advisement for the next thing I write.

3.  Like all things, your reading choices are subjective. You read what you like or what you’re interested in and whether or not you like what you’ve read depends up to the way you see things. I certainly have read books I can’t stand, but I don’t review them. I want to give positive feedback to the writer and if I can’t do that, then I don’t. No need to slam the writer, the publisher or the editor. There is always some good in everything written, although sometimes it takes time to flush it out. And just in case you’d like my reviewing stats: From Amazon: Top Reviewer Ranking: 29,550 Helpful Votes: 81.  I review in several other places including right here.

Doing a little research on several BIG not to be mentioned authors, I’m in very good company. So….I take the not so good reviews and try to grow from them.

From Wikipedia:  An author is broadly defined as "the person who originated or gave existence to anything" and whose authorship determines responsibility for what was created.

I accept that responsibility and realize I cannot please everyone and the most important person I need to please is myself.