Thursday, September 26, 2013

Here Today Gone Tomorrow by Carlene Havel

I'm delighted to have Carlene Havel on my blog again today. This busy author adds to her list of books at Prism Book Group with Here Today Gone Tomorrow. Her other two books with Prism (also reviewed on this site) are A Hero's Homecoming and Daughter of the King.

Carlene Havel has lived in six US States and two foreign countries, and has traveled extensively throughout the world.  She is very active in her church and has a degree in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio.  Carlene and her husband Glenn are both proud to be native Texans.

My Review:


Her mother hadn't taken the news well when Casey Slaughter explained the hysterectomy and now Casey couldn't deliver any worse news than to announce she would be getting a divorce.
Everyone from her mother and sister who lived in her small home town to her friends at the Houston hospital tried to set Casey up with someone, but she felt she had nothing to offer. Once she attained her first goal of buying a house, some unfortunate events took place and she rescued her neighbor Carlos Tucker’s home from a fire and a thief. Carlos rushed Casey to the hospital when she cut her hand and she decides he’d make a wonderful friend.
Carlos became Casey’s escort for parties and church and she thoroughly enjoys his company, but her mind goes back to their first meeting – when he appeared on her porch with lipstick, eye shadow and a loud silk shirt to claim his dog. She doesn't think he has any interest in woman.
When a tornado crashed down on their neighborhood, Casey and Carlos escaped with their pets and a few possessions and find out God has had a plan for them all along and Casey finds herself in awe of His promises.

Ms. Havel writes a wonderful story. This light romance with truly likeable characters kept the book in my hand until it was finished. The story is heart warming and real and gives the reader a true perspective of God’s gifts. Well done, Ms. Havel. 

Here Today Gone Tomorrow is available on Amazon and from Prism Book Group.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

CONGRATULATIONS TO MY WINNER

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE PRISM BIRTHDAY HOP AND MY PART OF THE CONTEST.

MY WINNER IS JOYE  WHO LOVES ALL THINGS CHOCOLATE!

VICTORIA

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Prism’s Birthday Blog Hop


I'd like to wish Prism a very happy birthday. September is my "birthday" with them as well. I signed on a year ago this month. They're a pretty awesome bunch to work with. The best part - they liked my books as much as I did!

Here's my favorite cake recipe:

Mexican Chocolate Cake

½ cup margarine
 ½ cup vegetable oil
2 squares unsweetened chocolate or 4 Tablespoon cocoa
1 cup water
2 cups flour, unsifted
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon soda
2 cups sugar
 ½ cup sour milk or 1½ teaspoons vinegar in ½ cup milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine margarine, oil, chocolate and water in sauce pan and heat until melted. Combine flour, soda, sugar, milk, eggs, cinnamon and vanilla in large bowl then combine with first mixture.

Pour batter into a greased 9 X 13 inch pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Five minutes before cake is done prepare frosting.

Mexican Chocolate Frosting

1 stick margarine
2 squares unsweetened chocolate
6 Tablespoons milk
1 pound package of powered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup chopped pecans

Combine margarine, chocolate and milk in sauce pan and heat until bubbles form around the edge. Remove from heat. Add sugar, vanilla and pecans. Beat until sugar dissolves.

Pour frosting over warm cake and use spatula to smooth frosting to the edges.


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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Mary L. Ball's Stone of Destiny

I'm pleased today to have Mary L. Ball for a return visit. A few months back I reviewed her book, Escape to Big Fork Lake and she has another new release, Stone of Destiny. 

Mary L. Ball lives in North Carolina and writes novels and Christian articles. Her passion is weaving together inspirational romantic suspense and mysteries, which show the imperfect lives of everyday characters as they face hardships while discovering the real meaning of grace. Her books encourage you to see the magic of love and a divine guidance that often lies dormant, waiting to be found by each of us. When she’s not writing she enjoys family and singing Gospel music with her husband.

My Review:


A ring which disappeared after a senseless murder fifty years ago holds all the hopes and prayers of Taylor Harrison’s family.
Taylor is far too busy as the youngest CEO of Mugful’s to take time off to oversee the remodeling of the Harrison family estate, but does so at the request of her Granny Kay. There’s one more thing, Kay has asked her to find the ring.
The contractor, Brent, hired to do the job surprises Taylor on her first morning at the estate. She thinks he’s cute, but her career is the most important thing in life next to her grandmother. When the walls start coming down for the remodel, Taylor searches for the ring until in the final room, beneath the floor boards, she find it. She’s found something else, too. She’s interested in Brent, but not enough to give up her career.
Once she begins to wear the ring, she has a series of strange dreams. She’s torn between the definite fork in her road to success. Are the dreams real or is it God trying to tell her something?

Mary L. Ball writes an intriguing suspenseful story. The book is a delightful read full of suspense, romance and the destiny for those who follow God’s will. Well done, Mary!

Stone of Destiny is available on Amazon and from Prism Book Group.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Flashback by Kevin Mark Smith

Today I'd like to introduce Kevin Mark Smith. He has his own law firm in Wichita, Kansas.  Kevin is a former Assistant District Attorney for Sedgwick County, Kansas, and an Allied attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom. He serves on the Kansas Board of Indigent Defense Services. In his spare time he writes Christian fiction and nonfiction, and pulls many of his book ideas from real cases he's read about on various legal news services.  

His latest release, Flashback, is currently has a 4.6 rating on Amazon. It's an edge of your seat contemporary/romance/suspense. 

My review:


            Affluent Dallas attorney, Kenneth Cartwright, was living a life driven by his passion for success. Something he thought he’d acquire by becoming the lawyer his grandfather had been.

            But on a hot Monday morning, taking a break in a coffee shop, Ken questioned himself if the path he had chosen so many years before had been the right one. An overwhelming sadness enveloped him as memories of another life, one with a wife and children, clouded his vision.

            His dream life and now life parallel each other in most ways, but veered off at the outcome. That’s when he meets Stacy. A few days later Ken received a referral and a multi-layered case riddled with fraud, deceit, and murder. As he falls in love with Stacy, he discovers there’s more to life than wealth and achievement.


            Mr. Smith writes a very compelling novel. There’s edge-of-your-seat suspense as well as a depth in character development that has the reader identifying with the players in this gripping saga. The unexpected ending completes the story.

Flashback is available on Amazon and Prism Book Group.