Monday, December 10, 2018

The story behind Gail Pallotta's latest release.

Gail Pallotta shares how her story began:

The story behind recently released Hair Calamities and Hot Cash begins many years ago in a small town at the foothills of the North Carolina Mountains, where my mother ran a beauty shop.

Her salon doubled as a meeting place where customers who knew each other discussed how to make the latest recipe, what to do about world affairs and everything in between, including family relations, births, deaths and weddings. Clients planned showers, graduation parties and get-togethers for new neighbors while hair flew.

Mostly townspeople showed up, and the spirit of the community overflowed. The residents had disagreements, but they didn’t hate those who thought differently from them. They had close friends, acquaintances, people they tolerated and those they kept at a distance. As in most small environments, they gossiped and could be nosey. However, when someone grieved for a loved one, suffered from an illness or any other crisis, prayers went up and casseroles went out no matter whether the person was a best friend or someone held at a distance. They all were God’s children.

The walls of Mother’s beauty shop echoed the spirit of the community, and I wanted to bring it back.

Book Blurb: “A comedic romp from small town to big city in search of missing money, hair catastrophes, and love. A truly fun read”—Cynthia Hickey, author of the Shady Acres Mystery series.

What happens when a New York stockbroker crashes his car into Eve Castleberry’s North Carolina beauty shop...on the same day the young widow’s defective hair products are causing wild hairdos? Soon Eve finds herself helping the handsome stranger hunt the thieves who stole his client’s cash...and hot on the trail of two of the F.B.I.’s most-wanted criminals! Romance blossoms amid danger, suspense and Eve’s hair-brained plan to get back the money.

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Brief bio: Award-winning author Gail Pallotta’s a wife, mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. Gail’s a former regional writer of the year for American Christian Writers Association, a 2013 Grace Awards finalist and a 2017 Reader’s Favorite Book Award winner. She’s published five books, poems, short stories and two-hundred articles. Some of her articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums. To learn more about Gail and her books visit her website at http//

Monday, November 5, 2018

Gay N. Lewis' latest release Sarah Helps Santa: A Christmas Fantasy

Santa Gets a Little Help from Sarah

Nick Claus, the single son of Santa, hates cold weather. He must marry, find a southern location for the family business, and relocate the North Pole operation—all within a year! Haphazard Sarah, the bumbling angel, follows Nick from California to Florida, but discovers no mate. Can Sarah find one for Nick in Texas? Will Texas become the new North Pole?

My Review:  This is one of the sweetest most endearing novels I’ve read in a long time. Being an avid Sarah fan, I couldn’t miss her next assignment, but this one was awe-inspiring. Sarah’s current charge, Nick, was none other than the son of Santa Claus. Nick had been given a large responsibility himself – find a wife. Sarah steps in, but the hard part is making Nick’s intended, Julie, believe. Through a magical, well-written tale, a match is made. While a vast array of characters played by the transformed Sarah help Julie understand, she has to trust herself to find that dreams really do come true.

Meet Gay:
Gay N. Lewis, a Texas minister’s wife writes about angels and romance. Often called upon as an inspirational speaker, she uses humor with Biblical teaching.

With the exception of one year in Oklahoma, Gay N. Lewis and her pastor husband have served churches in Texas. Before becoming a full time author, her livelihood embraced interior design, photography, and communication. She’s written and produced videos for the retail market and for local churches. These videos include Psalms from the Mountains and The Canadian Rockies.
Prism Book Group signed her in 2012 to a contract for the first three books of the Sarah series. Additional contracts have followed. Sarah is a dyslexic angel who romantically links couples together, but she does it with a lot of whacky goof ups along the way. The Sarah series is a bit of I Love Lucy, I Dream of Jeanie, and Touched by an Angelrolled into one.

Gay Lewis says, “Parsonage life requires angels, and I’ve seen one or two. Without humor, life is too dull.”

Friday, March 30, 2018

Never Retreat ~ Bonnie's McCune's Latest Novel

Never Retreat - Bonnie McCune

Bonnie McCune

Bonnie McCune has been writing since age ten, when she submitted a poem about rain rushing down the gutter to the Saturday Evening Post (it was immediately rejected). This interest facilitated her career in nonprofits doing public and community relations and marketing. She’s worked for libraries, directed a small arts organization, and managed Denver's beautification program.

Simultaneously, she’s been a freelance writer with publications in local, regional, and specialty publications for news and features. Her civic involvement includes grass-roots organizations, political campaigns, writers' and arts' groups, and children's literacy. For years, she entered recipe contests and was a finalist once to the Pillsbury Bake Off. A special love is live theater. Had she been nine inches taller and thirty pounds lighter, she might have been an actress.

Her true passion is fiction, and her pieces have won several awards. Never Retreat is her third novel and her fifth book of fiction. For reasons unknown (an unacknowledged optimism?), she believes one person can make a difference in this world. 

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38606982A feisty single mom clashes with an ex-military, macho corporate star at a business retreat in the wild Colorado mountains, where only one can win a huge prize. But when a massive flood imperils their love and survival, they learn the meaning of true partnership.

Years ago, Ramona (‘Raye”) Soto faced harsh reality when a roving con man knocked her up. Now at thirty-something she’s concentrating on her career in a major telecommunications firm and funding college for her teenaged son. Enter Desmond Emmett—a fast talker and smooth operator. New to the office, the ex-serviceman possesses every negative quality for a guy Raye should avoid.

Thrown together at a corporate retreat in the wilderness, the reluctant duo struggles to complete management’s extreme mental and physical tests for a huge reward. But only one can win the prize, and Des needs the money to underwrite medical treatments for his adored younger sister.

See-sawing between attraction and antagonism, the mismatched couple Raye and Des faces their biggest challenge: learning the meaning of true partnership. When a massive flash flood sweeps down the rocky canyon and threatens their love and survival, they must put aside their difference to rescue their colleagues—and their future as a couple.

MY REVIEW:  Raye and Des are partners at a mountain retreat where rumors are flying about layoffs and program cuts. In the team building exercises their company has but together, the best and the worst comes out in the twenty-five members of the group. A large cash award goes to the winner. In the final event, the clearing a trail for easy access, nature delivers a challenge no one expected.
This is a face paced novel with multifaceted aspects. The role of women in the work force, the view of others who are of a different ethnicity, the bullies, the whiners, and the woman who uses physical features – all of them striving to win the prize. A romance develops between the main characters and they each have to decide if their personal obligations to family can survive a new relationship.
Ms. McCune captured the beautiful mountain scenery with her poetic words and dealt with some very real situations. My only complaint about the book is that I couldn’t read fast enough when the team found themselves in danger. 

Monday, March 19, 2018

Celebration Tour - The Tempering Agent

Exciting News: March 20 – April 2 I’ll be on tour with Celebrate Lit! They’ll be highlighting The Tempering Agent.

Please take the time to visit the following blogs on the appointed day, or you may visit the main page: and go from there.      
Blog Stops
Multifarious, March 23
Bigreadersite, March 25
A Greater Yes, March 26
Carpe Diem, March 29
Pause for Tales, March 30
Mary Hake, March 31
Simple Harvest Reads, March 31 (Guest post from Mindy)
Among the Reads, April 2
Pursuing Stacie, April 2

There will be prizes of my personally crafted jewelry along with Amazon Cards!

Join in on the fun!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Aesop's Fables - The Fox and The Goat

So I'm trying something new for a while - on a suggestion or dare however you want to look at it.
 I'm calling it - Aesop's Fables Retold

The Fox and The Goat (the real story)
A Fox fell into a well, and though it was not very deep, he found that he could not get out again. After he had been in the well a long time, a thirsty Goat came by. The Goat thought the Fox had gone down to drink, and so he asked if the water was good.
"The finest in the whole country," said the crafty Fox, "jump in and try it. There is more than enough for both of us."
The thirsty Goat immediately jumped in and began to drink. The Fox just as quickly jumped on the Goat's back and leaped from the tip of the Goat's horns out of the well.
The foolish Goat now saw what a plight he had got into, and begged the Fox to help him out. But the Fox was already on his way to the woods.
"If you had as much sense as you have beard, old fellow," he said as he ran, "you would have been more cautious about finding a way to get out again before you jumped in."
The Vicki Version:
Red, the big bushy tailed fox from the northeast corner of the forest, was out for his morning stroll. He had spent hours grooming his thick dense fur, the final touch a paw drawn across his long slender nose.

He was on his way to see the old grandma who lived at the edge of the forest. He’d gotten it on good word from the bear that Little Red Riding Hood would be coming for a visit this very morning.

Just as the fox stepped out of his den he heard the baying of dogs, the thunder of hooves, and a distinctive flash of red. The fox scurried across the field and fell into the poor farmer’s well. As he took has final breath he sighed, “All that primping for nothing and alas, no grandmother to eat or her pesky little granddaughter.”

Write On!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Aesop's Fable The Miser

So I'm trying something new for a while - on a suggestion or dare however you want to look at it.
 I'm calling it - Aesop's Fables Retold

The Miser (the real story):

A Miser had buried his gold in a secret place in his garden. Every day he went to the spot, dug up the treasure and counted it piece by piece to make sure it was all there. He made so many trips that a Thief, who had been observing him, guessed what it was the Miser had hidden, and one night quietly dug up the treasure and made off with it.
When the Miser discovered his loss, he was overcome with grief and despair. He groaned and cried and tore his hair.
A passerby heard his cries and asked what had happened.
“My gold! O my gold!” cried the Miser, wildly, “someone has robbed me!”
“Your gold! There in that hole? Why did you put it there? Why did you not keep it in the house where you could easily get it when you had to buy things?”
“Buy!” screamed the Miser angrily. “Why, I never touched the gold. I couldn’t think of spending any of it.”
The stranger picked up a large stone and threw it into the hole.
“If that is the case,” he said, “cover up that stone. It is worth just as much to you as the treasure you lost!
The Vicki Version:
Dear Workers –

I am truly grateful to you as employees. I have made a vast fortune because of you. I live in a mansion; I have beautiful clothing, and eat the finest imported foods.

I do not believe in investing my money, only in making it and saving it away. Except for what I lavishly spend upon myself and family.

Therefore, I decree tomorrow a holiday for you, since it is Sunday anyway, I would not expect you to work since the factory is closed. I hope you find this given in a gesture of good fortune.

The Miser.

After his employees received the letter, they promptly dug up his money and spent it on themselves.

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Aesop's Fables - The Kingdom of the Lion

So I'm trying something new for a while - on a suggestion or dare however you want to look at it.
 I'm calling it - Aesop's Fables Retold

The Kingdom of the Lion (the real story):

The beasts of the field and forest had a Lion as their king. He was neither wrathful, cruel, nor tyrannical, but just and gentle as a king could be. During his reign he made a royal proclamation for a general assembly of all the birds and beasts, and drew up conditions for a universal league, in which the Wolf and the Lamb, the Panther and the Kid, the Tiger and the Stag, the Dog and the Hare, should live together in perfect peace and amity. The Hare said, "Oh, how I have longed to see this day, in which the weak shall take their place with impunity by the side of the strong." And after the Hare said this, he ran for his life.

The Vicki Version:

This fable immediately took me to the words from the Bible, “When the lion lies down with the lamb.”

But – it didn’t happen that way – the wolf had to be buddies with the lamb in this fable. So what’s up with the lamb anyway? He didn’t mouth off like the hare. What was up with him? The stag and the kid kept quiet, too.

So the hare was brave and spoke his piece, but then he ran not able to stand his ground. Was he suspicious from some past experience with the wolves – probably so. But he should have been courageous – put your money where your mouth is so to speak.

So I’m thinking the Lion should rewrite his proclamation, everyone should get along or you’ll have me to answer to. I am King after all.
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So Until Next time Write on!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Centrifugal Force by Lisa J. Lickel

Centrifugal Force
by Lisa J. Lickel

In the turmoil of 2011, an American college administrator and a German socio-economics expert attempt to rectify the past to save their children and preserve the fragile world in crisis.
Rachel Michels made a poor choice which resulted in her biggest blessing, her daughter, Maeve. When the father of that blessing returns decades later, she knows he wants something she’d taken from him. Rachel has lived in near seclusion and mistrust, fearful of losing the one person who’s kept her life from coming unglued.
Professor Gervas Friedemann returns to Wisconsin, seeking a missing ancient artifact, along with help for his oldest daughter who is suffering from a rare genetic blood disorder. With the European Union at stake, blackmail could negatively impact a crucial vote in the German Parliament unless Gervas recovers an irreplaceable relic he left in the United States on a lecture tour a lifetime ago. He knows who took the piece of history he once flaunted—the woman who had stolen his soul. He only hopes she still has the ring.

My Review:  Two broken people, harboring their own secrets, entangled in a love affair spanning decades reconnect in the town where they met years prior. The theft of a priceless ring creates an international plot of intrigue and suspense. The conspiracy to tear apart the European Union, blackmail, and espionage leave them racing for their lives.

Ms. Lickel writes a profound and compelling story which is hard to put down. I thoroughly recommend this novel which is slightly different from the author’s other endeavors. The plot is well thought out with underlying stories and a tremendous amount of political and historical research. Centrifugal Force is the best of the best.

Lisa Lickel lives in the rolling hills of western Wisconsin. Surrounded by books and dragons, she writes inspiring fiction. Her novels include mystery and romance, all with a twist of grace. She writes short stories and radio theater, is an avid book #reviewer and #reader, writing mentor, workshop leader, freelance #editor, and blogger. She loves to encourage new #authors and is a member of Chicago Writers Association and Novel-in-Progress Bookcamp & Writers Retreat. Find more at