Thursday, February 26, 2015

Ella's Rain by Buffy Andrews

Life without passion is like a bird without wings—you walk, 
but you never soar and become the very thing you’re 
destined to become. —Grandma D from ELLA’S RAIN
 Letters from Grandma D delivered after her death change
 lives in unexpected ways... 

 OUT NOW! Ella’s Rain by Buffy Andrews  

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Accept This Dandelion ~ Brooke Williams

Renee Lockhart has her eye on a lofty goal…to fill the open position of morning radio show host at the station where she works. When her co-workers sign her up for a local TV version of The Bachelor, Renee goes along with it in order to raise her profile. 

Upon seeing her bumbling audition, Ben McConnell, one of the most eligible bachelors in town, insists that Renee be placed on the show. But Ben gets much more than he expected in Renee… he gets a girl who can’t seem to do anything right…and a girl he can’t seem to resist. 

My Review:  A local version of The Bachelor with the town’s most eligible male, Ben McConnell, finds Renee Lockhart in the competition. She’s been entered by a co-worker, but sees it as a way to a promotion at the radio station where she works while he has agreed to participate to let everyone know he’s not the womanizer he appears to be.
After a series of mishaps on Renee’s part she agrees with his public image and says so during an interview. Out of all the contestants he’s drawn to her due to her honesty. Her opinion of him slowly changes and they’re falling for each other, but try as she might, she can’t tell him why she originally wanted on the show. Another contestant interferes – will it ruin Renee’s chances?
Ms. Williams skillfully delivered an endearing romantic comedy. Her interpretation of Renee’s characters has this reader rooting for the underdog. Wonderfully entertaining.

What the other reviewers are saying: "Accept this Dandelion has all the ingredients for a thoroughly entertaining story".Patricia Gordon

"This is a sweet and full of love book. Truly a good read." Rebecca

About the author: Brooke Williams is an award winning author and freelance writer. She has written hundreds of articles as well as several novels including Someone Always Loved You and Wrong Place, Right Time. Brooke has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morningside College with a double major in Mass Communications and Religious Studies. She has 12 years of experience in radio broadcasting both behind the scenes and on air. She was also a TV traffic reporter for a brief time. Brooke and her husband Sean married in 2002 and have two daughters, Kaelyn and Sadie.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Prisoner of the Pearls by Karen Cogan

Though Debra is saddened by the death of her beloved aunt, she treasures the historic home in Galveston, Texas the dear woman left to her. Also, bequeathed, are a string of flawless pearls and a note warning her to never wear them. Unable to resist, Debra fastens them around her neck. She never dreams of the history behind the pearls, or the power they will have over her life. Will she solve their mystery, or wear them to her death?

My Review: Engulfed in sorrow by the passing of her Aunt Lacy, Debra never imagined she’d have to deal with Lacy’s ex-husband Dave, and stepson, Denny.
When Debra finds a mysterious strand of pearls in a safe deposit box and the warning never to wear them, she couldn’t resist trying them on. The pearls won’t come off. It is as if they are meant to protect her. When Dave tries to take them from her, they find themselves transported back in time two hundred years.

Imagine the shores of Galveston, Texas, then known as Campeche adorned with Spanish Galleons and pirate ships, the coastal waters lapping against the sand and the sometimes unbearable humidity. Debra is thrust into the midst of unscrupulous pirates. They have a keen eye for the necklace she wears, but each time someone tries to take it, she disappears and becomes known as a witch.

But there’s one man, Ensign Jeremy Jenkins, who wins her heart and even though she’s transported back to present day Galveston, she vows she’ll return to Campeche to stay with him. To do so, she must find the secret of the pearls.

Ms. Cogan takes the reader on a marvelous fantasy back into time. The characters are well developed and the story flows holding the reader captive until the very last page is turned. I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure. 

About the authorA 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. 

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Baxter Road Miracle ~ a delightful story filled with hope and promise by award winning author Carlene Havel

Can faith move mountains? The Youngbloods are about to find out. 

Henry Youngblood is determined to plant a new church in Buffalo Creek, despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Meanwhile, his pregnant wife worries about paying the bills. One daughter dreams of a college education she cannot afford, and the other wants nothing more than popularity. It will take a miracle for the Youngblood family’s dreams to come true. 

Excerpt  Ellen listened to the sounds of pencils scratching in the dining room, hoping her teenaged daughters missed their father’s abrupt announcement. She rubbed Henry’s back, struggling to understand the situation. “What do the deacons want to do? Shop around for another piece of land?” 

“They don’t want to do anything,” he said. “Sit tight. Take a wait and see attitude. Die on the vine.” Henry shrugged Ellen’s arm away and removed his suit coat. “I’m so sure it’s God’s will for us to build our new building in Buffalo Creek.” He turned to face his wife. “Where have I gone wrong?” 

“Oh, honey. This isn’t your fault.” She picked up his jacket. “Do you want me to fix you something to eat?” 

"No. I’m too upset to think about food right now.” 

“Let me hang up your coat,” Ellen said. Henry followed her to their bedroom, where she put his jacket on a hanger and smoothed out the wrinkles. Henry never stayed long at the churches he pastored. The usual end of his employment came when conservative church leaders opposed her husband’s big plans. By now, the pattern was familiar. Henry would take on some small, half-dead church and double or triple the attendance within a year. With an overflowing sanctuary, he would begin to push for expansion or replacement of church facilities. The cost of Henry’s recommendations would spark heated controversy, and soon the Youngbloods packed up and moved on.  "

"Did the deacons ask for your resignation?” Ellen asked. 

“They didn’t have to. I gave them notice on the spot.” 

She patted his shoulder. “Maybe you should pray about this.”

My Review:  Reverend Henry Youngblood believes he’s being called to Buffalo Creek to plant a church. With little money and a strong dose of hope, he obtains a small slice of property and begins to build the church himself.

Henry doesn’t give up. His offer to help an unassuming gentleman secures the loan needed to continue. Materials and equipment are bought at salvage yards and the air conditioning and heating system is amazingly put together without instructions.

Unfortunately, all is not well with the Youngblood household. His wife is disappointed at the additional expenses and their two teenage daughters are unhappy at being uprooted to attend a new high school. While his oldest, Pauline, yearns for college, the youngest, Susan, only seeks popularity. Her actions land both girls in trouble.

With a new baby on the way and finances growing thin Henry confronts a city official who challenges the easements rights of the building. A miracle is needed to save the church and the Youngblood family.

Ms. Havel is an accomplished writer who delves into the emotional background of her characters. While Henry is the force of hope in this novel, his wife and daughter’s personalities and back stories are well thought out and delivered. Baxter Road Miracle will warm your heart. I highly recommend it.

About the Author:  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.