Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Lion Awakens by Buffy Andrews


 For thirteen years, Annie Lange and David McClure believed their parents were killed in fiery car crashes. They learn the truth about the past when they find hidden messages in anonymous gifts left on their front porches. The notes lead them to a mentor who helps them discover and master their special powers, powers they will need if they have any chance of saving their world from the tyrant Goliath.

When the lion awakens, their world is forever changed...

My Review:
          This fast paced YA fantasy drew me immediately into the story when teens, Annie and David, receive mysterious packages. Their lives are similar, each losing a parent, and when they meet their mentors, Gabriel and Peter, Annie and David discover they have special powers.
          They learn of the parallel universe, ruled by a tyrant where their deceased parents have come from. That world is dying and even thought their scientists are far more advanced in medicine and technology they can’t stop the environmental crisis and Goliath, the president of the alternate universe, wants to take over ours. 
          Ms Andrews writes a fascinating story that will be appealing to the young reader. The fast paced novel will keep them interested and the teen humor and life experiences can be easily related to by the reader. Good job.

Meet Buffy: 
          A journalist by day and an author by night, Buffy Andrews loves telling stories. Some of her fiction ideas pop into her head at the most inopportune times, such as during a sermon or in the shower or when she’s supposed to be listening in a meeting. She’s written all over church bulletins, jumped out of the shower more than once to write down an idea and turned meeting handouts into story boards.
         When she’s not writing, she’s leading an award-winning team of journalists at the York Daily Record/Sunday News in York, Pa., where she’s Assistant Managing Editor of Features and Niche Publications and the newspaper’s social media coordinator. 
         In addition to her writing blog, Buffy’s Write Zone, she maintains a social media blog, Buffy's World.  She is also a newspaper and magazine columnist and writes middle-grade, young adult and women's fiction. 
         She lives in southcentral Pennsylvania with her husband, Tom; two sons, Zach and Micah; and wheaten cairn terrier Kakita.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Now & Forever By Terri Mann & Kate Lane

Nothing could destroy their love, except the truth…
Separated by circumstance and distance, former high school sweethearts Lindy and TJ find their lives and passions once again entwined. For the past twelve years, each lived and worked in separate worlds, but yet held each other close in their hearts, one never sure what the other was feeling. The sudden and cruel death of their dear friend, Jack, brings them back together in Clarkson Grove, where their love had blossomed so many years before. Each is breathless at the thought of reuniting, hoping against hope that they can begin again. Can the love of their youth truly grow into an adult, lasting relationship or are their feelings just bittersweet memories of “the one who got away?” After so much time apart, do they still hold the same, small town values? How will they handle disagreements and disappointments along with extended family strife? Is each free to resume the relationship they once had, or have commitments to others been made, commitments that may even include a child?

My Review:  Disappointment, tragedy, bittersweet memories, and heart wrenching resolution wrap this story in page turning triumph. The romance between TJ and Lindy is built on the foundation of young love, but secrets and misjudgments drive them apart. They’re brought back home by the untimely death of their best friend, and Lindy finds her life on display in the small town. While TJ struggles with his resentment, Lindy takes matters into her own hands and the outcome impacts all their lives.
            I thoroughly enjoyed Now and Forever and Ms Mann and Ms Lane manage to write seamlessly. There was something hauntingly familiar about this book. Not the story, but the writing. After I’d read the last page and sighed in contentment, I decided the novel’s pacing and masterful craft reminded me of some of the great romance authors.

Meet Terri and Kate: 

Terri Mann honed her professional writing skills for many years as a copywriter for business entities and as a grant writer for social services agencies and arts organizations.  She also found success in writing personal essays, which were published locally and nationally.  Since childhood, books have been an integral part of Terri’s life. 

Kate Lane has spent her life in the northern Ohio area, near the shores of Lake Erie. She has has two grown children, and five grandchildren, all of whom she sees often.

Kate's enjoyment in reading is lifelong, a hobby encouraged by her mother. Movies became an integral part of her life as well. Kate decided that writing would be the natural conclusion of her ever present passion for romance and adventure! 

You may purchase Now & Forever on Amazon and other fine book sources.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Worth Her Weight in Gold by Lynn Lovegreen

Excerpt:  Tom Hickok enjoyed the salty tang in the air as the ferry chugged across the channel from the Treadwell Mine on Douglas Island. The clean air washed the stuffiness of the mining shafts from his system.
He surveyed Juneau, their destination on the other side of the Gastineau Channel, and picked out Front Street next to the wharf and the lines of buildings where the main businesses were. He could just see the two-story Juneau Opera House on Second and Seward. He breathed in sharply as he thought of Ada Weiss performing there with her family. What a lovely girl. He could see her brown curly bangs and blue eyes, and that sweet smile. But she probably wouldn’t remember him, even though he defended her honor the night they met. A beautiful girl like that…she was probably used 
to tons of men hanging around her, and he’d just be one of hundreds she met in Juneau.
That was all right, though. He could still see her sing and make small talk after the performance. He didn’t have to be the be-all and end-all in her life.
The thought led to a vision of him holding her hand, Ada looking on tenderly. Her clear blue eyes shone at him. No, that would never happen. He shouldn’t even think about loving her. An ordinary miner like him couldn’t mean anything to a famous singer like Ada Weiss.
Men shouted and the ferry bumped against the dock. Tom walked off the gangway, whistling an old tune. Maybe he’d never be Ada’s sweetheart, but the show would be a nice break from work at the mine. He was going to enjoy his leave day today. He decided to walk by the Opera House first, just to get a glimpse before getting a bite to eat.

My Review: We visit 1886 Juneau, Alaska as Lynn Lovegreen shares the day to day life of a miner and the star of the local Opera House, Tom and Ada. Their romance blossoms and the old fashion customs of chaperone dating and “calling” on a young woman will put a smile on your face.
            The story also tells of an event at the Treadwell Mine where the Chinese workers are forcibly removed. This plays into the story well as the hero and heroine get involved to save their friend.
            I enjoyed the historical information and once again Ms. Lovegreen has told an inspiring tale from an exciting slice of our past. Ada and Tom are supporting characters in her novel, Fools Gold which I also recommend.

Lynn Lovegreen was lucky enough to grow up in Alaska. Her family was stationed there when she was six, and they fell in love with the place. Alaska’s been home ever since. She’s always felt the power of words; she taught English for 20 years before retiring to make more time for writing. When not writing, she loves to spend time with family and friends, read, travel, and shoot at targets with her cowboy action shooting club, the Alaska 49ers. Her young adult historical romances are set in the Alaska Gold Rush, a great time for drama, romance, and independent characters who made their own way in the world. See her website You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.          

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Please Welcome Sharon McGregor

A Canadian author who has recently transplanted to the west coast. She has written humour, romance and mystery for magazines such as Sasee, Long and Short Romance, Great Mystery and Suspense Magazine and Horizon as well as stories for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. When not fighting with her cat Zoey for control of the computer keyboard, she is working at her ice cream shop or her bath and body shop.

Sharon has three romance novellas in the works at Prism Books. The first, Northern Lights, is now available on Kindle.

Check out Sharon's Facebook page.

Blurb:  Maddie Smart is at a crossroads. Her job and her relationship have both suddenly ended. On the advice of a friend she flies to a northern fishing lodge to recoup and plan her next move. Here she meets fishermen who don't fish, a policeman who does, a man who says he's seen Sasquatch and a lodge owner who sets her pulses racing.
She finds herself running headlong into danger with no idea of who she can trust. Her feelings for Lodge owner Rupert are clouded by his hot and cold moods, and her growing suspicions of his right hand man's involvement in a bear part harvesting ring. Maddie must face her deepest fear before she can find answers. She also must learn to trust again before she can find her own happy ending.

My Review:  Since Maddie Smart is out of a job and has just been dumped by her boyfriend, she agrees to be a fill-in manager at a fishing lodge in the north where she stumbles on a clandestine plot to harvest bear organs.
            Rupe, the owner of the lodge, sends sparks flying through Maddie, but his moods run hot and cold. She doesn’t know what to expect from him or some of his employees.
            The job is easy and her inquisitive nature turns her to the hiking trails around the lodge. She hears too much and is brutally attacked. The pieces of the puzzle fall together and she finds herself in over her head.
            Ms McGregor certainly takes the reader along on this action packed thriller. I couldn’t put the story down for long and enjoyed the beautiful glimpse of the northern wilderness. Northern Lights is a must read.