Thursday, February 27, 2014

Witcha’be by Anna Marie Kittrell

I'm happy to have Anna Marie Kittrell on my blog today.  Anna has written stories for as long as she can remember. She still has most of her tattered creations, leftovers she was unable to sell on the playground for a dime, written in childish handwriting on notebook paper, bound with too many staples. Her love of storytelling has grown throughout the years. She is thrilled to learn some people now believe her tales to be worth more than ten cents.

Anna resides in small town Oklahoma with her high school sweetheart-turned-husband Tim, and their teenaged daughter Brandilyn. Anna works as secretary of her hometown middle school—the greatest place on earth this side of Disney World. 


My Review

        This Young Adult novel is a delightful glimpse into the lives of three teenaged girls in Redbend, Oklahoma. At the end of summer, Molly, becomes friends with Lenni, but, Bianca, Lenni’s best friend, vows to destroy the friendship. Bianca is a Witcha’be – a witch in training, or at least that’s what she wants everyone to believe. She plucks a hair from Molly’s head – for a curse or some other foul deed.
        Molly has a dramatic imagination and vivid nightmares causing her to fear Bianca and wonder why Lenni can’t see what Bianca is up to. Molly struggles with Bianca’s sighs, eye rolling, and ill temper until Molly dreams she’s trying to help a little girl escape from an old house. The dream is about Bianca.
Through the help of a teacher, Mrs. Piper, who has the class journal their dreams, Molly realizes Bianca is hiding behind her tough exterior and when both girls join the youth group at church, they understand their need not only to forgive themselves but each other.

Ms. Kittrell keeps the reader captivated with this imaginative story. The characters are well developed and there are some edge of your seat moments during Molly’s dreams. 

You may purchase the book on Amazon.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

It's Finally Here! Wednesday, February 19 - release day for The Tempering Agent

February 19, 2014 is the release day for the final episode of my trilogy: The Tempering Agent.

The first book, Alvarado Gold, introduces you to the Addie Barnes and her cousins who are looking for buried treasure on the original Barnes homestead in Texas.

Addie and her husband, Gary, are kidnapped in the second book, Cairo. Solving clues and mysteries along with Addie's best friend, Liz, Donnie Barnes finds Addie hidden away in a Coptic Church in Alexandria.

Donnie decides to stay in Egypt and in The Tempering Agent he is asked to assist Dr. Priscilla Hackling on a sting operation sending him to Siwa is search of an antique trafficker and murderer.

 Dr. Priscilla Hackling finds herself thrown back into the murder investigation of her fiancé, Trey Whittington. While she was a suspect three years ago, she’s now working with the police to find the murderer, Egyptian artifact trafficker, Zarka El-Din.

During a sting operation in Siwa, she and Agent Donnie Barnes are drawn to each other but Priscilla, overcome by personal ghosts from her past, decides a relationship isn’t possible.

Priscilla realizes she’s the bait in the ruse and uncovers others involved with El-Din. Will she and Donnie reconcile and unravel the reason behind Trey’s death before El-Din kills her, too?


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Fools Gold by Lynn Lovegreen

I'd like to welcome Lynn Lovegreen to my blog. Lynn 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.  

My Review:

 Ellie Webster and her brother plan to save the family farm. The untimely death of their father leaves their mother deeply in debt and the siblings are going to Alaska to cash in on the gold rush. Duke Masterson is headed there, too. He’s opening a saloon with his friend, Dan, in hopes they can make enough money to open their own establishment in San Francisco.
Ellie’s first encounter with Duke is on the ship where he tries to stop her from leaning too far over the rail. She considers him brash. He considers her delightful. When Ellie and her brother set out for the gold fields, their plans are dashed. They find themselves back in Skagway and in Dan and Duke’s saloon looking for a way to earn money.
Duke helps Ellie start a pie business. She loves her new found independence and helps rid the town of a conman, but the summer season is coming to an end. She must return to Nebraska or will she follow her heart and Duke elsewhere?

I loved the characters and setting of this novel. Ms Lovegreen does a beautiful job describing the scenery and beauty of the Alaska frontier. I was sad to end the book and leave Ellie and Duke. 

 See Lynn's website at www.lynnlovegreen.com. You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.

Visit her at Prism Book Group.

And purchase Foolsgold on Amazon!