Friday, June 24, 2016

Book #8 by Gail Pallotta from Prism Book Group's Love Is Series

When I was in college I used to run into an atheist in the small cafe where we gathered for Coca-Colas, hamburgers and French fries after class. I tried to avoid him, because he always hopped over to my table and started an argument about my faith.
Perhaps he comes to mind on the release day of Breaking Barriers for several reasons. One, he was angry at me because I am a Christian. Even though today I can’t recall which verses he used, he’d take passages from the Bible and try to make me say they weren’t true. When I wouldn’t, he’d retort with a scientific argument and claim it had to be right.
The second reason he comes to mind—it was the mention of God’s love that finally silenced him. One day I grew so frustrated I asked, “If there’s no God, where does love come from? Why don’t you mix me up a little bowl of it? If scientists could do it, they would, because they could sell a ton of it for lots of money.”
His mouth gaped.
He never trotted to my table again.
Since then I’ve read that we have chemicals in the brain that produce love. I’ve often wondered if he came up with that theory. Even if that were true, the chemicals in the brain came from somewhere, and that would still lead back to God. I hope it wasn’t him. I hope he thought about God’s great love for us and decided to read the Bible.

Check out Gail’s contribution to Prism Book Group’s new Love Is series…

Breaking Barriers
“…love is not easily angered …” 1 Corinthians: 13:5

Gunshots ring out as Ann Jones enters the church. She hides in the bathroom until they stop, then stumbles into the sanctuary. The congregation lies dead in pools of blood. To rebuild the church, she starts True Light Guardians. At the first meeting, she’s attacked by a terrorist, but rescued by James Crawford. He melts her heart, cold from her father’s abuse, and they fall for each other. She’s afraid to commit to love that might grow angry later, like the type she knew as a child. James yearns to stop other attempts on Ann’s life, but can’t. Tormented by her constant risks, he breaks up with her. When an assault sends her to the hospital, an unlikely ally shares Ann’s plight with James, but he reveals a lead that puts all three of them in even more danger.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

First Book Of a Promising Series - Dumpster Dicing, A Buncho Biddies Mystery

Award Winning Author Julie B. Cosgrove's Latest Release

As Janie and Betsy Ann go for their morning jog, the city sanitation vehicle follows its normal five-mile Tuesday morning route through their retirement community of Sunset Acres. The two Bunco-playing biddies spot a leg dangling out of the dumpster when the truck lifts the trash container high in the air. Someone diced up one of their newest residents—a grouchy loner named Edwin Newman. Did he unpack too much of his dicey past when he moved in last weekend?

My Review:

Senior citizens, Janie and Betsy Ann, never imagined they’d see a body tumbling out of the dumpster during their morning walk at the retirement village.

Determined to do a little sleuthing to help out Janie’s overworked son in law, Blake, chief detective of their small community, Janie and Betsy enlist the help of the Bunco Biddies.

This novel will make you smile, make you laugh, and shake your head at the antics of the senior set and their ability to solve the mystery just steps ahead of the police department. 

What other reviewer's are saying:

A well written and executed story. I love reading the first in a series, and discovering I want more. In this case, I want more. "Sharon McGregor"

"Delightful book, full of humorous situations."  Marsha Irene

"Looking forward to more of the mysteries with the Bunco Biddies."  Janice Sisemore

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Summer Reading

      Summer  Reading             Reviews of four suggested vacation reads.

Barely Above Water by Gail Pallotta
This well-crafted novel is layered with several interesting facets. The story of the local swim team, Susie and Matt’s evolving love story, and the deviation of Lyme disease.

Not only is it an interesting concept, there is a great deal of information in this novel of which the general audience is not aware. Susie’s health issues have taken over every aspect of her life, and she’s willing to give up a lucrative career to find a cure.

The alternative route she takes requires faith, enduring emotional pain, and seemingly giving up on everything to find an answer. Well done.

Family Lies Deadly Ties by J.A. Marx
Noah is on a mission to right a wrong. Rylee hangs on to the hope of finding the family who abandoned her. 

Rylee’s year as a nanny in Hawaii would be every eighteen year old’s dream, but soon the dream crumbles into a nightmare. Her employer’s estranged son, Noah, finds his way into her life when she attends Aloha Fellowship. Rylee is taken by the dark haired young man with an interesting past; one that will entangle her into a web of deceit and terror.

Mystery, suspense, ill-fated present-day reality – this novel has it all. Well balanced with the developing love of the young couple against the backdrop of a tropical setting. 

Never Tomorrow by Judith Rolfs
Wow – what a fascinating multi-layered suspense. I feared at first I couldn’t keep the variety of characters in this novel sorted out, but the writing is so superb, I had no problem.

The characters were extremely well crafted and the setting of the story intriguing. I could feel the bite of the cold March wind drifting up from the lake and picture the cliffs of Ireland and their deadly drop. The angst in my chest grew at each new development in the story.

Just when I thought I had the plot figured out – I discovered I didn’t. I read the last few chapters quickly because I sensed there would be one more murder before it was all over. Well done, Ms. Rolfs; hope there will be more.

Navy Blues by Julie B. Cosgrove
What girl wouldn’t be swept off her feet by a handsome Navy doctor? But Emma’s careful, she’s had her heart broken once, but is he worth the risk at another romance?

Julie B. Cosgrove warms the heart with this sweet love story. Emma's heartbreak, a plane trip shared with the Navy doctor who switched seats to sit next to her, a rented car, and an injured ankle all work together in this delightful story of love, patience, and hope.