Thursday, March 27, 2014

Winter Watch by Anita Klumpers


My Review:          

           This funny tale with unusual characters turns into an interesting thriller with the heroine, Claudia, careening down the mountain on a snowmobile then crashing in a Volvo only to be rescued by the local dogcatcher.
            Claudia who is trying to locate the rightful owner of an old watch finds herself in Wisconsin in a tiny snowed-in hamlet. She enjoys all the “locals” especially Ezra who is the justice of the peace and dogcatcher. When it turns out that another resident, Amos, who she thought belonged to the watch, has no claim to it, the plot “thickens” as they say involving murder and intrigue.
            I was especially intrigued by Ms Klumpers knowledge of gemstones and precious metals. Those details, for me, authenticated the story. The epilogue wraps it up nicely into a wonderful tale for a winter’s read. Nice job, Anita.


About Anita:

Winter Watch is Anita Klumpers’ first novel, but she has previous experience writing skits and short plays. These have been performed for dozens of audiences and hundreds of people. Lately she has been doing some technical writing and editing and content marketing.
Romantic suspense is her favorite genre, especially when a bit of humor is interjected. In an attempt to make the world a tidier, more civil place, she blogs as The Prude. Anita lives with her husband and mutt in south central Wisconsin. Spare time is spent meddling in her grown children's lives, spoiling grandbabies, teaching drama class and acting in an independently produced movie.

You may purchase Winter Watch on Amazon.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Gabriel by Jayna Morrow

          Please welcome today Texas romance author, Jayna Morrow, who has been creating imaginary worlds since a young age. As an elementary school teacher, Jayna juggles the demands of molding young minds, raising two precious daughters, and spending time with her husband/best friend... while making time for passion of writing romance novels. Read more about her at www.jaynamorrow.com 


           Ms Morrow takes us back once more to the small town of Sweet Home, Texas. Book two of the series starts with the oldest Hearth brother, Gabriel, being left without a bride at the altar. Gabriel returns home to the ridicule of his teenage son, Slade.
            Sparrow Walker, the daughter of a military disciplinarian, is the principal at the local high school. Slade is a trouble maker, but so far he hasn’t done much more than trespassing and Ms Walker wants to try her award winning program with Slade. She doesn’t want to see another young man in prison since her brother is serving time and being shunned by her family.
            Sparrow meets the resistance of Gabriel with the parenting plan. He won’t attend meetings since he’s tried to deal with his son in his own way. Gabriel is busy running the family business, but his desire to help his son has him turning to Sparrow.
            When Slade is suspended from playing baseball due to his grades, he runs away and Sparrow and Gabriel search for the missing boy. The couple discovers their respect for each other has grown into an attraction. Gabriel has too many old wounds and won’t open up to Sparrow, let alone tell her he loves her.

            Ms Morrow writes a poignant story of an emotionally wounded family. She covers several sensitivity issues such as single parenting, sibling rivalry, discipline, and imprisonment. Each subject is handled with the ease and style of the skilled author Ms Morrow has proven herself to be. The sweet romance that takes place between Gabriel and Sparrow adds to the enjoyment of the story. I found it hard to put down for long because I became invested in the characters.

You may purchase Gabriel on Amazon.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Last Detail by Lisa J. Lickel

My Review



            When Merit Campbell is sent home from the mission field, wounded in an uprising at the Middle Eastern clinic he runs, he finds himself in Illinois. He ponders what is in store for him if he can’t stay in the field.
            Dealing with the details of his uncle’s enormous old house has been left to his sister; but since Merit is in the area, he’s interested in investigating the home where he had so many childhood memories before his parent’s and older brother’s deaths and the disappearance of his youngest brother, Justice.
            Amalia Kennedy is introduced to Merit by a mutual friend. She owns a company that deals with the client’s final wishes and estate details. She’s already agreed to help Merit’s sister sell the old house, but Merit decides to live there and turn it into a place for missionaries on leave.
            Amalia parents thought she’d marry her long time business associate, Hudson. Merit, a confirmed bachelor, and Amaila each find an attraction growing for the other. His ministry interrupts their relationship and tragedy finds them. Will they learn to trust each other enough to succeed?

            Ms Lickel writes a compelling story of two people who are struggling with their faith and where it has brought them. Amalia wonders if she’s doing enough and Merit wants to finish the job he started. The characters are believable and the story brims with love and hope.

          Lisa Lickel is a Wisconsin writer who lives with her husband in a hundred and sixty-year-old house built by a Great Lakes ship captain. Surrounded by books and dragons, she writes inspiring fiction, and is the author of the cozy mystery Buried Treasure series, mystery Meow Mayhem, the award-winning romance Meander Scar, A Summer in Oakville with Shellie Neumeier, Healing Grace and The Last Detail. She is a freelance feature writer for local news, writes short stories, magazine articles and radio theater. She is the editor in chief of Creative Wisconsin magazine and loves to encourage new authors.

         Lisa also is an avid book reviewer, a freelance editor, a writing mentor, a hostess at Clash of the Titles.com, and enjoys blogging at theBarnDoor.net and AuthurCulture.blogspot.com. 

Find her at LisaLickel.com.

You may purchase The Last Detail on Amazon.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Love Thief by Daisy Jerico

Please welcome Daisy Jerico who lives in a small Wisconsin town with her three dogs and husband of 27 years. When not writing, Daisy teaches science to inquiring minds. 


My Review


             Shaken from sleep in the middle of the night, the gallery where Sandra works has been broken into. After running the two blocks to the shop, she can’t believe it’s happening a second time. Another jewel heist and the authorities are pointing the finger at her once again. To clear her name she agrees to work with Detective Hargrave and Alex Daniels from the police department.

            Even though Alex is drop dead gorgeous, he’s a jerk. Sandra learns that just like her ex-boyfriend, Derrick, who got her involved in the first job, Alex is a former jewel thief. Alex wants to clear his name, too, but Sandra wants the pendant she created and she knows Derrick stole it from her employer.

            With the help of an enormous dog who is overprotective but loveable, Alex and Sandra lure Derrick into a trap, but things don’t turn out as they expected and Sandra must decide what is really important.

            I enjoyed this delightful story and especially loved the dog, Viking. I read it almost entirely in one sitting and the jewel height at the beginning and the well thought out ending keep you on the edge of your seat.

Visit Daisy at: DaisyJerico.wordpress.com.