Sunday, November 24, 2013

Wonderful Christmas stories available at 

Sarah and the Widow's Mate
by Gay N. Lewis
Widow Beth Marsh is not only beautiful, but wealthy enough to buy a third-world country. When she enters the dating arena to find companionship, two men profess an interest in her…but is it Beth they want, or are they out to get her money? 

A Christmas Gift for Mary Jones
by Kimberly B. Jackson
Mary Jones is recently widowed and lonely…very lonely. Although the people of the small town of River Oak, Tennessee, call her Grandmother Jones with much affection, Mary yearns for the family she was never blessed with. 

Still Sweet On You
by Kat Jones
Tall, tanned, dark, and delicious? More like former fiancé! The stud muffin headed in the direction of Claire Water’s newly opened chocolate shop is none other than the doctor she once dated–and he’s rattling the skeletons in her closet every step of the way. 


Christmas Blessings (anthology)
For the true magic of Christmas cannot be found in a wrapped gift under the tree... 
Three touching stories of Christmas blessings to warm the heart, including:
Three Gifts
by Claire Sanders 
On Christmas morning, Jack receives three precious gifts of the heart, three gifts that open his eyes to the tender grace of true love. 

The Christmas Answer 
by Kimberly Jackson
When Donna volunteers on a mission trip, she is forced to reexamine her life, her marriage, and most importantly, her faith. Donna soon discovers the one thing she had been missing all her life. 

A Sharecropper Christmas 
by Carlene Havel
The Great Depression left the Shoemaker family hungry and homeless. Alice makes the best of the hard times without complaint, 
though she dreams of giving her little family a special Christmas.

Note: The Christmas stories contained in this anthology are each published separately as novellas. Prism Book Group offering them as a bundle book for readers who would like a deal on all three, or to have them in print.


Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Gingerbread House by Jacqueline Hopper

Jacqueline Hopper wrote her first literary masterpiece in grade four; something about clouds, which the teacher read to the class. This was all it took to spark Jacqueline's interest in writing.

After realizing it wasn't enough just to have the desire to write—that conclusion coming after her first rejection by a publishing house—she decided to hone her skills.

Her first step towards publishing success began by enrolling in a correspondent writing course. She went on to see her first short story, Listening to Crows, featured in the Nov/Dec 2000 issue of The Hearing Health Magazine.

My Review:

Dr. Jared Oath started The Gingerbread House project partly due to his past but mostly to honor the love he’d lost. His desire to help children be safe and unafraid stemmed from his own battle with unrelenting child predators. A group of physiologists participated as actors at the playhouse performing a play based on Jared’s past. He played himself, Tenny. His friend, Kizzy, was played by a young student named Peggie.
Keren Joel’s little boy, Sawyer, screamed unmercifully in the presence of strangers. He clung to her not wanting to let her go. She had brought this behavior upon her own child and she had to correct it before he started school. Keren sought out Dr. Oath and brought Sawyer to The Gingerbread House.
Jared recognized her immediately but it took Keren a few minutes to accept that he was Tenny, all grown up. The long ago incident was her fault and Jared was the hero but she never was able to tell him that. Was it too late? Had his Kizzy finally come back to him?
Ms. Hopper writes a compassionate novel about a subject that all parents face: protecting their children. Her artful telling of the story has the reader warming to the characters and feeling their anguish and fears. Well done.

The Gingerbread House may be purchased on Amazon and at Prism Book Group

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Runaway Hearts by Karen Cogan

A native of Houston, TX, Karen spent her early years enjoying life along the Gulf Coast.  After high school, she attended Texas A&M as well as the University of Houston where she obtained a B.S. in early childhood education. She has written numerous articles and stories, books for children and novels for adults.  She particularly enjoys writing contemporary and historical romance. She now lives in the Southwest with her family and assorted pets.

My Review: 

Lynn’s overpowering mother drove her away from the luxury of her Houston home. Lynn could never please her mom and moving to a reservation in New Mexico was the last place Joyce expected her daughter to run.
            On her first day at the new school where she’s the fifth grade teacher, she crashes headlong into Greg. He’s teaches sixth grade. They share lesson plans and ice cream and by Thanksgiving realize they’re falling in love.
            Lynn invites Greg back to Houston for Christmas but her mother tries to sabotage Lynn’s plans inviting an ex-boyfriend, Mark, to dinner. Greg doesn’t think he can match Mark’s reputation as an established lawyer, soon to make partner, or Joyce’s expectations. Greg has a secret, too, and being with her family and attending Christmas Eve services, he understands he isn’t following God as he should.
            Lynn and Greg return to the reservation after Christmas barely speaking to each other. Will they find a way to mend their broken hearts or will they always be running from their fears?
            Ms. Cogan writes a compelling story full of bright hope for the future. I highly recommend this well thought out and enjoyable novel.

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