Sunday, January 31, 2021

"TO KNOW THAT SOME CONSIDER LIFE EASILY EXPENDABLE ONCE IT HAS SERVED ITS PURPOSE IS DIFFICULT ENOUGH, BUT IMAGINE BEING THE ONE LOOKED AT AS BEING WORTHLESS, AND LESS THAN." DINKY: THE NURSE MARE'S FOAL BY MARTA MORAN BISHOP


 Winnie Award Winner at the Equus Film Festival. Best Equine Rescue book.

Dinky: The Nurse Mare’s Foal is the story of one little foals fight for survival after being taken from his mother within hours of his birth. Dinky, takes us on a poignant trip through the heart and mind of an animal, who was born for the sole purpose of producing milk in the mare. In the elite world of horses, Dinky was considered a by-product, a ‘junk foal.’

Dinky’s story will resonate with animal lovers, as well as anyone who has adopted. Although a horse, his story has been called an adoption story. The reader can follow him through the heartbreak, cruelty, loneliness, and finally to happiness in his forever home. His story is based on true events. Each event from the moment the author met Dinky actually happened, though it is the author’s interpretation of what he might have been thinking and feeling during the occasions described in his story. His early life which is unknown has been fictionalized by the author and constructed through research and imagination.

There are many wonderful animal rescue leagues, many are very empathic to these young animals, though some are not. Since Ms. Bishop has no knowledge of Dinky’s early days she used the latter to enhance the strength of his story.

It will break your heart, open your eyes, lift you up, and teach you much about horses. It is suitable for all ages.


Reviewed in the United States
If you have had the pleasure to spend any time with Marta Moran Bishop you know that she is a lover of life. That is true in the way she treats humans as well as animals. The story of Dinky is one that should give all of us pause, and since Marta allows us to see the world through Dinky's eyes we are able to realize just how important all life is.

To know that some consider life easily expendable once it has served its purpose is difficult enough, but imagine being the one looked at as being worthless and less than. How would you feel knowing that to some what you have to offer is more valuable than your life. Through Dinky the Nurse Mare's Foal we see Dinky handle life in a new environment and how some saw him worth saving and wanted to help him survive and thrive.

The book is entertaining but it's hard to read it and not think what if Dinky was a human being. How would you feel in that situation? Would you give up or do all you could to live a healthy happy life.

Friday, January 29, 2021

A GRIPPING STORY FILLED WITH INTRIGUE, MYSTERY, SUSPENSE, AND A TOUCH OF ROMANCE. CISCO BANDITS BY USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR INGE-LISE GOSS


 

Oil Is Vanishing From The Cisco Field And Revealing It Becomes A Death Sentence

Newly trained and ready to rock her first assignment, Gwynn Reznick goes undercover posing as an accountant for the Prudell Energy Company. After fending off the unwanted advances of a company executive, she stumbles on a murder scene staged to look as an accident. Then she learns another employee died in a suspicious oil well accident and a large quantity of oil is missing from the Cisco field.

˃˃˃ A Wild Mix Of Action, Adventure And Mystery All In One Fast-Paced Thrill-Ride!

Her boss (and boyfriend) Ruben calls and warns Gwynn not to go poking her nose where it doesn’t belong and to wait for his directions. She promptly ignores his orders and sets out to solve the case, which quickly spirals out of her control as she ends up on the perpetrators’ hit list. Will Gwynn be able to maintain her cover”"or risk everything to crack the case?

˃˃˃ This One Will Have You On The Edge Of Your Seat Until The Very End!

Any reader who enjoys action, adventure, murder mysteries, or just a plain good read will love Cisco Bandits: A Gwynn Reznick Mystery.


Reviewed in the United States on April 21, 2015

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I love thrillers, but the one thing I’m always missing is a story with a strong female in the lead role. And that’s exactly what this book has. Gwynn Reznick is a resourceful young woman, who knows her stuff when it comes to stealthy, undercover operations, and she uses all her skills and charms to get the job done. The one thing I really loved about this book is how the author managed to portray Gwynn as a skilled undercover operative, or PI, in a world of high stakes business without sacrificing her femininity, or having her do her job using seduction, etc. which seems to be the stereotypical role of women in thrillers.

Overall, the book is very well written and well paced. The author has a clear and concise writing style and I had no trouble picturing the scenes in the book as they unfolded. The twists and turns will keep you guessing right up to the end, and, believe me, you’ll be glued to the page for the duration. I know I was!

Highly recommended for all thriller fans!

A CHILLING PARANORMAL/PSYCHOLOGICAL STORT STORY - THE DEVIL INSIDE - BY ROMAN NYLE


Gerald was born with strange abilities, and is a psychopath, as his father was before him. In fact his father helped him develop his abilities. When he decides to find a mate, to have as his play toy will he win???



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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

SENSITIVE AMANDA IS BEING STALKED - NOW IT LOOKS LIKE HER STALKER HAS FOUND HER AGAIN. THE TOWER - BY PAT MARSDEN - ON KINDLE AND SOON AVAILABLE IN AUDIO


Sensitive Amanda has moved way too many times to escape her stalker. She has changed her identity multiple times, left family and friends behind, all the while hiding her paranormal abilities.

It appears that her stalker may have found her again. What will she do?

Monday, January 25, 2021

A CHILLING PARANORMAL/PSYCHOLOGICAL STORT STORY - THE DEVIL INSIDE - BY ROMAN NYLE


Gerald was born with strange abilities, and is a psychopath, as his father was before him. In fact his father helped him develop his abilities. When he decides to find a mate, to have as his play toy will he win???




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Saturday, January 23, 2021

A SPELL WEAVER - A PARANORMAL MYSTERY - SUSPENSEFILLED - A PLACE WHERE THE PAST AND PRESENT MERGE - SHADOW'S WAY BY BARBARA FRANCES


Barbara Frances’ spellbinding, long awaited, third novel takes you to the coastal, deep South, where the past and present collide in a gothic tale of insanity, murder, and sexual intrigue.

You’ll meet the beautiful Elaine Chauvier, former actress and proprietor of Shadow’s Way, her family’s antebellum home where she nightly honors her long-departed confederate grandfather.

You’ll also meet many other characters whom Elaine controls and often abuses including the esteemed Archbishop Andre Figurant, who longs for her and his fallen identical twin, Bastien, who fears Elaine’s powers. Newly arrived and beautiful Ophelia, her half-sister, and Elaine’s nephew Rudy who have come to explore their Chauvier roots and ties to Shadow’s Way. They bring bad news regarding Elaine’s ownership of Shadow’s Way which she dreads to hear.

Under a veneer of piety and Southern graciousness you are faced with the questions: What is good? What is evil? What is reality? The answers draw you into a thickening and dangerous plot.

A spell weaver, Shadow's Way, kept me in suspense, which, as a lover of good mysteries is not an easy for an author to do. I often guess an ending before I hit the middle. As in her last book, Like I Used to Dance, Ms. Frances' characters are delicious portrayals, richly textured, gradually revealing their good and evil humanity, as her hauntingly realistic settings and surprising story unfolds.  To say more might give away the best of her new book. I have thoroughly enjoyed both of her novels and highly recommend them

Ms. Francis’ novel Shadow’s Way, had me enthralled from page one, it kept me reading until so late into the night that I used a flashlight in order not to wake my husband.

I’ve always enjoyed reading gothic tales, but this one went beyond most that I had read. The synopsis was correct, past and present mingled and left me on the edge of my seat. Was G – G – Daddy a real paranormal experience or a figment of Elaine Chauvier’s imagination, which got worse as she sunk deeper into insanity?

I loved the various characters that Ms. Francis brought into play as needed to heighten the story. They were well rounded and interconnected in ways that one has to keep reading to get the full picture



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LOTTIE'S ADVENTURE: FACING THE MONSTER - IS A SUSPENSE-FILLED THRILLING CHAPTER BOOK FOR THOSE 8 TO 108 - BY AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR BARBARA FRANCES


 

Lottie's Adventure: Facing The Monster, is an action-packed children's book written especially for ages 8 through 14. Children will enjoy this exciting read while also improving their reading skills. Twenty-nine chapters filled with twists and turns keep kids reading to discover the outcome.



Lottie, a lively ten-year old Hispanic girl, longs for something new and different in her life. Her summers up to this point have all been, more or less, the same. Then the arrival of a magical letter and a TV newscast transforms her vacation time in a high adventure.



Her great adventure includes trying to relate to a cold, estranged, and rich grandmother, freeing a kidnapped ten-year-old African American boy from a locked room, hiding him in a safe place, and then fleeing with him from a kidnapper who is always just a step or two behind.

Lottie's Adventure is a vibrant chapter book mystery for preteens that emphasizes the importance of intergenerational communication and love as well as the immense value of thinking beyond cultural stereotypes. To develop a new moral code or vision, both these elements are crucial. Perhaps the most striking quality of "Lottie's Adventure: Facing The Monster" is its powerful positive energy. Featuring a spunky 10-year-old Hispanic heroine, "Lottie's Adventure" keeps interest high and pages turning with exciting plot twists and turns and believable cliffhangers that just keep evolving. The author allows her characters to develop very naturally, with total authenticity. There are many excellent ideas embedded in the story, not the least of which is that people, even wise adults, can learn to admit they are wrong. "Lottie's Adventure" goes a long way towards building a viable alternative to prejudice, and for that and many other reasons, it is highly recommended juvenile reading for kids age 10 and up.

(Review from The Midwest Book Review)


While reading Barbara Frances’ chapter book Lottie’s Adventure: Facing the Monster, I was swept back to the books of my childhood. A place where tweens helped each other and became heroes without the use of make-believe or magic brooms. Just plain old smarts, ingenuity, and integrity.

I was engrossed in the story of Lottie, a Hispanic girl, as she helped Charles Ray a black boy, who had been kidnapped escape and confront the bad guy, outsmarting him, while facing their own fears. The friendship that grew between the two was a lesson in how people all want the same things out of life regardless of their upbringing, race, or nationality.

It is a compelling and wonderful tale that I’d recommend to both adults and the tween alike.


A CLASSIC TALE OF FAMILY, SECRETS, GROWTH, LOVE, AND HUMANITY - LIKE I USED TO DANCE BY AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR BARBARA FRANCES


“Our kids, my, my, Gracie” laughed Bud. “Where did we go wrong? One marries God, another a Jew and the last one, the devil!”

Texas, 1951. The Wolanskys—Grace, Bud and their three grown children—are a close-knit clan, deeply rooted in their rural community and traditional faith. On their orderly farm, life seems good and tomorrow always holds promise.

But under the surface, it’s a different story. Grace is beset by dark memories and unnamed fears, calmed only by practicing a secret obsession. Their son Andy has said no to becoming a farmer like his dad and, worse, has fallen in love with a big-city Jewish girl. Youngest child Regina is trapped in a loveless marriage to an abusive, alcoholic husband. Even “perfect” daughter Angela’s decision to become a nun unleashes consequences no one could foresee.

And then Ceil Dollard breezes into town.

Ceil—wealthy, sophisticated, irrepressible—is like a visitor from Mars. She’s a modern woman. She drives a car and wears pants. She blows away tradition and certainty, forcing Grace to face her fears and brave a changing world. Through Ceil, Grace learns about courage and pleasure—but at the risk of losing Bud.

Barbara Frances’ sparkling, richly human novel takes you back to a time when Ike was president and life was slower, but people were the same as now. You’ll encounter a cast of characters storm-tossed by change, held together by love. Written with compassion, humor and suspense, Like I Used to Dance will charm you, warm you and even squeeze a few tears, from its opening number to the last waltz. 


You'll Be Hooked on This Book

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After only a few pages I was hooked by Like I Used to Dance and Barbara Frances' gifts as a storyteller. She creates multidimensional characters who are so real that I found myself thinking about them in between sessions with the book, and she weaves a plot that is by turns suspenseful, funny, touching and gripping. Set in a rural Texas community more than sixty years ago, the book explores social, racial and family themes -- many of which continue to resonate today. But above all, it's a great read! It will take you places where you've never been, from a KKK meeting that is both sinister and pathetic, to a heartbroken man's encounter with a mystical fox. Barbara Frances writes with insight, compassion, full knowledge of the human heart, and lots of twists, turns and surprises. Highly recommended.



M. M. Bishop Award-winning author and poet
5.0 out of 5 stars WILL SURELY BECOME ONE OF THE CLASSICS IN LITERATURE

Reviewed in the United States on December 31, 2020

It is easy to see how Like I Used To Dance by Barbara Frances won awards. It is a novel that should easily find its way into classic literature. It is not just the story of the Wolanskys, who live in a small farming town in the nineteen-fifty’s, but the story of life, and how even generations of family issues can affect each new generation unless something happens to break the cycle.
Ms. Frances paints a picture of each character, their weaknesses, as well as the strength in their character. From Grace, and Bud, their three grown children, to neighbors, and friends, each is drawn with a fine pencil, fully formed, and genuine, some are people you wish you knew, and others you would like to string up. Yet, each is so well crafted as to be able to see them in your life, or town.
Whether she is painting the generous nature of Bud, to the horror of Billy Ray, Ms. Frances brings us a full picture of life as it was, and life as it still is. Many things may have changed in our world, underneath there is still an underbelly of both the beauty and ugliness of human nature.
Like I Used To Dance was not a book that I could easily put down, but sat up till the wee hours of the morning reading.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

"AN EPIC QUEST FOR THE GREATEST TREASURE OF ALL." - THE LAST MAGI BY E.A. SHARPE


Destined to be a Christmas classic. The Last Magi is the story of Artaban, the fourth Wise Man, who leaves his betrothed, the beautiful Rasha, to follow his fellow Magi to Bethlehem. Arriving too late, he sets out to find the child born under the star. Years pass as Artaban chases wisps and rumors across two continents. Weary and impoverished, the last Magi refuses to quit his quest, even as time is running out. "An epic quest for the greatest treasure of all.” Rev. Phil Moyers.


Made me cry, made me laugh.
What I enjoyed most about this book was its sense of humor. Everyone in old time Christmas stories is
so solemn and serious. Didn't they ever crack a smile? The humorist in this account is a disreputable, untrustworthy liar named Ismail. He becomes the Magi's servant and undergoes a transformation but he never lets go of his sense of humor. This is a serious book about a serious subject but it never never takes itself too seriously. I like that.
Debi Blair LaFaire


M. M. Bishop Award-winning author and poet

5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A LOVELY STORY OF A QUEST TO FIND THE CHRIST CHILD - A GREAT BOOK FOR ANY TIME OF THE YEAR

Reviewed in the United States on November 30, 2020

E.A. Sharpe wrote an absolutely wonderful story that will give you a lift and show what commitment to a goal will bring to you.

It is the story of a Magi who missed his fellow Magi on their quest to find the child whom the star and prophecy spoke of. Yet he sets out on his own, and through hardship, and delays he gives all he has to help those in need along the way.

Years later he feels he is too late, but is he?

I loved this short book of Artaban’s quest to find Christ and believe it is a story that is a great read at any time of the year, especially at Easter.



THE LAST MAGI

A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY THROUGH LIFE IN POETRY - ECHOES FROM THE HEART BY JO ANN JONES - All PROFITS GO TO THE UNITED METHODIST CHILDREN'S HOME IN DELTONA, FL


 

Echoes From My Heart is a compilation of poems Jo Ann Jones wrote over many years. A beautiful collection inspired throughout her life’s challenges and joys with continuous inspiration and encouragement from family and friends.  

The poems are divided into nine topics, so you can choose to read the poems in any order. Each topic page has a scripture to share God’s word for the upcoming poems. Read these poems at your leisure or when you need a reminder of God’s blessings and grace.

In addition to acquiring beautiful poetry, you will be contributing to a good cause as all the profits from the sale of Echoes From my Heart will go to the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home in Deltona, FL.

A PROFOUNDLY SPIRITUAL JOURNEY THROUGH POETRY

 

Echoes From My Heart by Jo Ann Jones is a beautifully written poetry book that takes us on a journey through life’s challenges.
It is also a look into the spiritual journey toward Christ’s teachings and helps us to forget our failings and learn to do better.
I loved this book and shall keep it near me, as I journey through life.
Thank you, Ms. Jones for your beautiful words.




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BELIEVE IN YOURSELF - YOU HAVE SKILLS THAT YOU CAN MAKE MONEY EVEN IN A PANDEMIC - THE HANDYMAN'S GUIDE TO PROFIT BY AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR A. WILLIAM BENITEZ


 

Start making money now as a handyman using only your home repair skills. Twelve chapters of valuable how-to information teach you how to:
*Find new customers
*Price every job to ensure profit
*Get paid in full for every job
*Expand your skills for profitability
*Use the Internet to increase profits
*Keep customers coming back and giving referrals
*Handle your accounting and taxes
*Become a highly paid home repair expert

Everything you need to know to succeed financially as a handyman. No fluff or hype, just down to earth details on exactly how to make money using your present skills.


Five Stars by Handyman
Get started in the right direction. I researched a lot of books on this subject before I chose this one, and I'm
glad I did.


A family member bought me some books on starting a business and they
didn't really cover any of the information I was looking for. This business is
a business however you sell yourself and your abilities, not a product made
somewhere else by someone else in a rented space.

This book was informative and gave practical knowledge and experience that
was easy to understand. I would recommend this book to those who are thinking about going out on
your own, and those who already have...



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"I CAN'T IMAGINE BEING IN A RELATIONSHIP & NOT CONTEMPLATING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF ONE'S ACTIONS, OR NON-ACTION ON THE OTHER." READERS FAVORITE SILVER MEDALIST - RELATIONSHIP BY A. WILLIAM BENITEZ IS WORTH THE READ.


When I decided to write this book on relationship, my wife Barbara was surprised and cautioned me by saying that she would not dare write such a book because it was such a varied topic with so many nuances. That scared me because she is certainly more qualified to write about relationship than I am. I hesitated for a while.

Most of my writing had been on housing, business, woodworking, even publishing, but nothing on relationship. It's an expansive topic and I wasn't sure if my information would be of real value. I considered that all my books are based on first hand experience and realized that even though I'm not an expert, I have a life time of experience in relationship. Based on that I felt able to contribute something helpful to some readers and I feel good about this book.

 

This book is broken down into 10 wonderfully written chapters and consisting of 124 pages

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This book is broken down into 10 wonderfully written chapters and consisting of 124 pages. What I found interesting about this book is the way the chapters are broken down. The first few chapters are about love and relationships. The next few chapters are about what goes into a relationship, whether you are nourishing or harming it. Then comes mutual respect and boundaries- the basis for any good relationship. Following is marriage, then breakups and divorce, helpful tips, and final thoughts. The break down of these chapters are the exact order in which a relationship falls, so naturally it makes sense to place one after the other when processing these thoughts, ideas, and facts. Benitez writes a very useful book that I will definitely be reading again!


Mr. Benitez’s book RELATIONSHIP helped me take a long hard look at what I could do better in all my relationships and in particular those with my husband.

What part do I play in the issues that arise in our marriage on a daily basis?

I found this book extremely helpful and insightful too.

Kudos to Mr. Benitez on writing this book and the work he had to personally do in order to bring it about.



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Friday, January 22, 2021

AN EXCITING, FAST-PACED, ROMANTIC THRILLER - THE COST OF CRUDE BY USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR INGE-LISE GOSS


A Down And Dirty Look At Big Oil

Gwynn Reznick's life is shattered when her best friend and co-worker at Wilton Oil & Gas Company dies in a car crash. She doubts it was an accident. Her suspicion is confirmed when a private investigator, Ruben Dordi, shows up at her door. His team has discovered a trail of unusual deaths and disappearances among Wilton employees.

"Inge-Lise Goss' romantic thriller, The Cost of Crude, is exciting and fast-paced. The author's experience auditing oil and gas companies makes the story feel authentic and real. Gwynn and Ruben are great main characters, both headstrong, independent and determined to keep things professional, and it's fun watching them interact. The plot is well-developed and the reader is swiftly thrown into action from the very first page. I enjoyed seeing how Ruben and his security team worked together and functioned as a team, complete with undercover agents and even a doctor who has miracle healing salves that work overnight. The Cost of Crude is also filled with political intrigue and the main story line is especially relevant with current concerns over the environment and the effects the oil and gas industries are having on it. The Cost of Crude is recommended reading." --Jack Magnus, Readers FavoriteReviewer

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SHE STOPPED MOTIONLESS.... HER BODY TENSE WITH ANTICIPATION. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT NEARLY STOPPED HER HEART - HER SILENT SHADOW - A GRIPPING MULTI-AUTHOR PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE COLLECTION - 50% OF PRESALE PROFITS GO TO HELPING VETERANS


 She sat motionless…

…her body tense with anticipation.
What happened next nearly stopped her heart.
In this world, nothing was as it seemed. There must be someone who pulled the strings, but it was hard to say who was behind the plot. She had to focus. Nothing else mattered. She needed answers.
But at what cost?
If she continued…
…she might never get to sleep.
That's what happens when you start reading this anthology. You'll be transported into 13 different worlds of intrigue and suspense. Each page will make you continue to the next, because these Wall Street Journal and USA Today best-selling story tellers are masters of their craft.
What hides in the shadows?
Sleep can wait.
You'll love the hours of joy from reading these stories, because the twists, turns, and richly imagined characters will stay with you for a long time. Isn't that what a good book is supposed to do?

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

MURDER MAGNET LAURA FITZ IS ONCE AGAIN EMBROILED IN FINDING ANOTHER DEAD BODY - OVER HER DEAD BODY (BOOK 2) IN THE LAURA & GERRY MYSTERY SERIES BY KAREN VAUGHAN IS WORTH THE READ


 
Take one beautiful vindictive woman....she's 1 part bimbo and 2 parts lethal gangsta- gun moll.
Watch her try and hold onto her 84 year old husband by having his octogenarian paramour knocked off. Sometimes greed and jealousy lead to the last resort ……MURDER!
Laura, Gerry and Gibbons try to stop her from also killing her husband, without getting them selves knocked off in the process!



Viv Drewa
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic book by Karen Vaughan!!!!

I love the way Vaughan has her characters interact with each other. They are well developed and believable. Her scenes are described in such a way you can easily picture them.

Moreover, let’s not forget the humor she added! Murder and humor are her trademark, and the humor is woven into the story at the appropriate time and adds the perfect comedy relief.
I highly recommend “Over Her Dead Body” to anyone who loves a good murder mystery and some good laughs!


M. M. Bishop Award-winning author and poet
5.0 out of 5 stars​A MURDER MYSTERY TO DIE FOR!!!!

STAND TOGETHER - AN ECLECTIC COLLECTION OF POETRY AND SHORT PROSE FOR UKRAINE. POETRY ABOUT WAR, WARRIORS, HOPE, AND SUNFLOWERS; MULTI-GENRE STORIES, FEATURING WORK FROM: DONATIONS FROM THE SALE OF THIS BOOK WILL SUPPORT A UKRAINE CHARITY.

  STAND TOGETHER - AN ECLECTIC COLLECTION OF POETRY & SHORT PROSE FOR UKRAINE. POETRY ABOUT WAR, WARRIORS, & HOPE. MULTI-GENRE STORI...