Thursday, June 25, 2015

Penelope Marzec Returns with another Outstanding Historical

With knowledge, he believed 
he could find answers. 
She had only faith.

Derrick, a surgeon, is haunted by his brother’s death. When his prayers went unanswered, he turned his faith to science. He believes studying with an esteemed surgeon in England will return meaning to his life.

Margaret’s fiancé died at the hands of a doctor who bled him to death. On board the Prosperity, she meets the arrogant Doctor Fortune who considers her no less than a milkmaid. She considers him a butcher. Though she must journey to England to hear the reading of the will of her grandfather, the Earl of Broadcraft, she finds herself constantly confronting Derrick on his methods of healing. Yet, there is something about his soulful eyes that attracts her. When a British ship presses the Prosperity’s sailors into service, Margaret and Derrick must work together if they are to reach England. But can they ever learn to trust each other enough to allow love into their hearts?

Of this sequel to PATRIOT’S HEART, one reviewer said, “This tale is filled with adventure and conflict and woven well with history. The high seas and British society challenge both characters to grow in ways they never imagined and a far greater gift awaits both Margaret and Derrick. Faith is handled well and it is fun to see Margaret, a secondary character in Patriot's Heart, get her own story and see her lost dreams redeemed in surprising ways.”

My Review:  A masterfully told historical novel centers on the heroine, Margaret, who must go to England to hear the reading of her grandfather’s will. Travel is treacherous in post-Revolutionary War times, especially a sea voyage to England.
On the ship Margaret meets Derrick, a young doctor. She finds his ways arrogant, and he’s unwilling to believe in the ointments and common items she also uses to heal. He’s on his way to England to study and find a cure for sepsis that killed his brother.
Through several heart stopping events, they arrive at their final destination only to be met by an overbearing relative, lawyers, and a stipulation put onto Margaret that she is struggling to accept. The couple find themselves drawn to each other, but an unknown faction is attempting to tear them apart.
Ms. Marzec has brought this era to life in her descriptions and action packed scenes aboard the boat and once the couple has reached England. There’s a bit of danger, a bit of humor, and a delightful romance. Well done.

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Penelope Marzec grew up along the Jersey shore, heard stories about Captain Kidd, and dug for his buried treasure. All she got was a bad case of poison ivy. Deciding books were better than buried treasure, she discovered romance novels and was soon hooked on happy endings. She became an early childhood educator and found her own hero in an electrical engineer who grew up in Brooklyn, played the accordion, and was immune to poison ivy. Now retired, Penelope either writes her stories or paints seascapes in oils. Sometimes she sings while her husband plays the accordion.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Sarah and a Midnight Cruise to Catalina Island

I'm happy to have Gay N. Lewis with me today and she's brought along Sarah for an interview.

An Interview with Sarah

A movie producer, Glen Duncan, employed by Heavenly Episodes contacted Gay N. Lewis for an interview with Sarah. Gay made the arrangements and then recorded the dialogue.

Glen:  How did you get selected for service on Earth?

Sarah: “The Commander receives his instructions from the Almighty and he chose me to ignite romance between couples. I was totally surprised.”

Glen: “Why?”

Sarah: “I’m insignificant and have too much to learn. There are many angels in The Heavenlies who could do my job more efficiently.”

Glen:  “You have a lot of adventures when you are here on a job. In this latest one, Sarah and a Midnight Cruise to Catalina Island, what did you fear most?”

Sarah: “The Ocean. I’ve never tried swimming. I didn’t know what would happen if my wings got soggy. And of course I’m always worried about getting lost.”

Glen:  “Who did you help on this mission?”

Sarah:  “Carolyn Baker, a college student who works in a mall.  Her dad had recently died, and she was grieving. Two men introduced themselves to her on board, and I had to discover which one was the right man for her.”

Glen:  “You’ve done that before. What made this mission different?”

Sarah:  “I had a wicked spirit who wanted to thwart my efforts. I’d never tangled with an evil one before, so that complicated matters.”

Glen:  “That sounds scary.”

Sarah:  “It was. Talen tricked me into going to Cloud Nine. Tomas, the Warrior Angel, rescued me from Talen’s clutches. If you’d been on Earth, you’d have seen an incredible lightening display taking place in The Heavenlies as the two clashed their swords.”

Glen:  “I wish I’d seen it. Did you have any goof ups this trip?”

Sarah:  “Oh my yes. Disguises are difficult for me. Carolyn and Nick toured Catalina Island, and I went with them in female form. People thought I resembled Dolly Parton, and I heard one woman tell another that I must have paid a fortune for my Botox. I guess she was talking about the brand of jeans I wore.”

Glen:  “Anything else?”

Sarah:  “I accidentally bopped into a hotel room and awoke a man and woman. I said that I was a therapist who made love connections. They told me they didn’t need any help and to leave immediately. I scared them when I disappeared.”

Glen:  “You mentioned Nick. I assume he was one of the suitors. Who was the other one?”

Sarah:  “Ash Sullivan. He and Nick were handsome and charming, and each of them tried to sweet-talk his way into Carolyn’s life.”

Glen:  “Which guy was the most romantic?”

Sarah:  “They were equal in that area. Carolyn had never had a boyfriend, so when two men vied for her attention at the same time, she didn’t know what to do.”

Glen:  “Are you going to tell me which guy won the hand of the fair maiden?”

Sarah:  “Nope. You have to read the book. Gay N. Lewis would not be pleased if I told you everything.”

My Review

The clumsy little goofball angel, Sarah, is visiting earth again! This time her mission is to help select a mate her charge, Carolyn, on a cruise ship! Oh no. Sarah can barely find her way around on terra firma.

Sarah bumbles her instructions and finds herself in a battle of wits with a minion from the evil world. While Carolyn has two suitors, Nick and Ash, Sarah guides Carolyn toward the right one, but not without interference from the minion.

Once Carolyn has decided on “Mr. Right”, she is going to meet him on the deck at midnight the last night of the cruise, but something goes wrong and Sarah has to call for reinforcements to thwart off evil.

As with the other Sarah books, Ms. Lewis makes his little character lovable and adored. All of her books have an inspirational message, but this one delves deeper into the battles fought with the darker side. Nice job – I loved the cruise aspect and it looks like Sarah will be back.   

All About Gay

A native Texan, Gay lives in Fulshear—a small town west of Houston. Gay has always been involved with creative and artistic ventures.  Two videos she produced—The Canadian Rockies, English and Japanese translations, and Psalms from the Mountains, were sold in Canada, America, Great Britain, as well as all international markets. Both were well received.  For the San Felipe Baptist Association, she was a contributor for the video Many Churches, One Vision.

Graphic skills kept her busy as a portrait photographer, and for over ten years, she used her imaginative insight in the interior design field. 

Gay’s real love is writing and reading—both go nicely together.  As a pastor’s wife, she has written, produced, and photographed many programs, and her Faith Features have been published in various church periodicals. Her current series is about a dyslexic angel who comes to earth to help the humans, but she is more like Lucy Ricardo with humorous antics and bumbles. The books are available in print, eBook, and audio. She’s under contract for three more Sarah books to go with the available seven, with the latest addition to hit the market on June 12, 2015

Teaching an adult Bible study every Sunday morning is Gay’s joy, and she is often called upon for speaking engagements.  When needed, she plays the piano and serves as worship leader in her husband’s church in Rosenberg. 
Gay’s family reside in Texas—three daughters and four grandchildren.

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Great Summer Reads From: Susan M. Baganz, Nancy Shew Bolton, Rachel A. James, Georgina Sellwood

Having just completed our first summer road trip for 2015, here are a few of the friends I took to keep me company. Take a minute to find the books on Amazon and order them - You'll love them, too. 

Pesto and Pot Holes by Susan M. Baganz

Renata is running from an unspeakable past full of grief and misfortune. She’s ready to start a new life in Milwaukee rooming with her dearest friend, Stephanie. Renata longs to forget her former life and the wrongs against her and searches for a solitary existence away from the attachments of a relationship.
When she attends a church gathering, she meets Antonio, owner and head chef of DeLuca’s Cucina. They’re attracted to each other, but he has been betrayed by his former fiancée and he, too, backs away from love.

But there’s that spark between them, and he becomes her hero. They learn through their love of God and faith in each other that maybe things might work out for them. Then they’re faced with a near tragedy and its aftermath and they struggle to find out if they’re strong enough to withstand it.

Great story and outstanding writing by Ms. Baganz.  The characters are real and believable and the story reveals the injustices of abuse and the life some victims are forced to live. This is an excellent work with a meaningful message. 

Hidden Storms by Nancy Shew Bolton

Lilli Clarke, sixteen years old, and marked with an apparent skin abnormality that causes her family and even church members to shun her, lies gravely ill with dust pneumonia. The dust bowl and depression has Kansas in its grip and the only ones who love her, Gram and her adopted cousin, Bert, must send her away.

It seems that everywhere Lilli goes she brings bad luck with her just like the pastor and her father told her she would. The relatives she travels to live with in Florida think she’s brought them problems in their sponge business and send her to New York to work in a clothing shop. Through unfortunate circumstances, Lilli never gets there and she finds herself cold, alone, and starving on the street.

Stumbling into a church she discovers she has hope, love, and forgiveness and her joyous heart lets her discover her own self-worth, and she begins to wonder if Bert’s constant encouragement could mean more than she thought.

This story told almost entirely in Lilli’s narrative is well done and touches on a dark economic period for our nation and certainly the mid-west. There’s always a ray of hope for the courageous Lilli as she triumphs over those whose wrong and hurtful words shake her self-esteem. This is the second story I’ve read by Nancy Shew Bolton and I highly recommend it.

The Last Princess of Meigen by Rachel A. James

Princess Alena, the widow of the prince who was once heir to the thrown of Meigen, must leave her young son and to journey to an arranged marriage in another land. Two of the knights of Angularem have come to escort her to King Niall, her betrothed.

Her cruel father-in-law, Conall, who sent her into the marital contract, holds her young son captive. To distance her mind from her own tragedy, Alena finds herself enchanted by the use of herbs and potions of Sherwin one of her escorts and even more so, captivated by the man himself.

Sherwin discovers his feelings for her as well, but she belongs to his King and he must not betray him. While Niall himself struggles with the situation of marrying someone he doesn’t love, his kingdom comes under siege. Sherwin and Alena are forced to fight for what they believe is right.

Ms. James paints a beautiful story with her words transporting the reader back to 626 AD. The language used and the information she has undoubtedly researched makes the story real and believable. This is the second book I’ve read by Ms. James and hopefully there will be more to follow.

Amanda Running Scared by Georgina Sellwood

Amanda Vanderbilt is all that her name suggests, money and power, yet she has an empty heart. After the murder of her husband, she and her daughter live in her parents’ cold and unloving grip. Bruce Palmer is a loner and has no time for women and their cunning ways. He’s going to Washington to pick up a load of horses for his boss. She’s off to a party

After Amanda is attacked at the party and threatened with the words, “I know where you live,” she hides out in the first spot she can find—the sleeper of Bruce’s horse trailer. 

The couple travel cross country and his plan is to leave her at the first safe place when an unknown assailant begins to follow them in a semi and rams Bruce’s rig threatening to push them off the road. Bruce takes her to his grandmother’s farm in Canada. The couple begins to secretly realize what they mean to each other, but they may fall prey to the crazed truck driver and never tell the other one about their growing affection.

Ms. Sellwood has given us a well-written suspense novel which will leave the reader hanging on the edge of their seat. I found it hard to put down and the suspense/tension as well as the characterizations made the novel one I’d read again—more than once.