Monday, May 31, 2021

OUR JOB IS TO BE READY, WILLING, AND ABLE TO LOOK AT OURSELVES & OUR RELATIONSHIPS - A. WILLIAM BENITEZ HAS DONE A FABULOUS JOB OF SPELLING IT OUT.

 


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 firsthand experience and realized that even though I'm not an expert, I have a lifetime of experience in relationship. Based on that I felt able to contribute something helpful to some readers and I feel good about this book.


Oftentimes clear, true insight comes from someone not "trained" or "educated" in a particular field of thought. This book represents one of those times. The subject of "relationships" is so complicated few outside the legal/ counseling/mental health arenas even attempt to address it for fear of being ignored, misunderstood or, worse yet, laughed at.
The author's conversational style makes his book about the subject quite easy to read / understand and as one absorbs his meaning . . . believable. It rings so true that as I was reading, I kept wanting to cut out paragraphs to put on my computer, refrigerator and bathroom mirror!
Read this book. You will be glad you found it. In fact, you will probably send a copy to your child . . . I did!
JHB
RN, BSN, MH

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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WITH THE INFORMATION IN THE HANDYMAN'S GUIDE TO PROFIT BY A. WILLIAM BENITEZ YOU CAN BE SUCCESSFUL AS A HANDYMAN EITHER FULL OR PART TIME.


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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"AS THE PAST & PRESENT MINGLED, I WAS LEFT ON THE EDGE OF MY SEAT...." SHADOW'S WAY BY AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR BARBARA FRANCES IS A MUST READ.

 


Shadow’s Way Blurb for Goddess Fish
Prepare to be spellbound. Barbara Frances' long-awaited third novel, “Shadow's Way,” takes you to the coastal, deep South, where the past and the present mingle 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; the esteemed Archbishop Andre Figurant and his fallen identical twin, Bastien; newly arrived Ophelia and Rudy, here to explore their Chauvier roots and their ties to Shadow's Way; and the mysterious Madame Claudine. Under a veneer of piety and graciousness, i.e., the questions: What is good? What is evil? What is reality? 

Lee Broom
 
5.0 out of 5 stars
Southern suspense at its finest!

Very intense book! Shadow's Way is a suspenseful, amazing story that centers around an antebellum home on the Gulf Coast that is the life's blood of Elaine Chauvier, a woman of aristocracy that boasts of ties to Robert E. Lee. It's a multi-layered story that seems to be a history of the house and its inhabitants, who have many secrets and obsessions. It turns it to be a horror story of a crazy woman who is out to kill anyone who gets in her way or who tries to take her precious home, Shadow's Way. It's a story of ghosts and sordid pasts, and a shameful history of the local catholic church. The people in the town who are related to Elaine or acquaintances are unaware at first of all the twisted plans and goings-on of the main lady of the house, but they soon find out when unexpected things start happening. It's a vivid, startling tale that I highly recommend, because I just couldn't stop reading this one until the very last word.

​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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THE UNFOLDING OF EACH CHARACTER IS FULL OF SURPRISE, INTRIGUE, BRILLIANTLY WRITTEN BY BARBARA FRANCES. THOUGH SET IN THE PAST, AWARD-WINNING NOVEL - LIKE I USED TO DANCE WEAVES TOGETHER MANY CONTROVERSIAL IDEAS THAT WILL MAKE A READER THINK

 


"Our kids, my, my, Gracie, 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 nameless fears that she keeps secret even from Bud. Their son Andy has said no to becoming a farmer like his dad and, worse, 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 takes an unforeseen turn.


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 freedom—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 it opening number to the last waltz.


5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy this Texas treat !

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Ms. Frances has given us a rare treat. She writes of people and places she knows well....their traditions, their culture, their pleasures and their pains. We come to care very much for these characters and follow their interwoven stories, eager to learn how their struggles are resolved. Ms. Frances infuses her story with her special kind of humor while, at the same time, tugging on our heart strings as her characters, even the less likable ones, strive to overcome their unique challenges. You can feel the hot Texas sun, see the parched landscape, smell the barbecue in the air, because this writer knows and loves her setting. Better set aside time to enjoy this page-turner. It's a real pleasure! What's next Ms. Frances?

M. M. Bishop Award-winning author and poet

5.0 out of 5 stars WILL SURELY BECOME ONE OF THE CLASSICS IN LITERATURE

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


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˃˃˃ FROM ITS GUT-GRABBING PROLOGUE TO ITS EXPLOSIVE CONCLUSION, GOSS’S DEBUT STORY GIVES NEW MEANING TO THE PHRASE “A BLOOD-CURDLING ADVENTURE.” BY USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR INGE-LISE GOSS


Have You Ever Made A Mistake That Keeps Coming Back To Haunt You? On the run from her ex-boyfriend’s powerful criminal family, Sara Jones hides in Billings, Montana. When she receives a mysterious package containing a hidden spider, people around her start dying from poisonous spider bites and she fears that the family has found her. Is it possible to escape their reach?

˃˃˃ From its gut-grabbing prologue to its explosive conclusion, Goss’s debut story gives new meaning to the phrase “a blood-curdling adventure.” Life takes an even more bizarre turn when Sara seems to be not only immune to the spider venom, but also surrounded by a sinister group of people using spiders to incapacitate their prey. Even her new boyfriend starts acting suspiciously. Who can she trust?
To make matters worse Sara's twenty-fifth birthday approaches, and her dark heritage begins to emerge. She is forced to make a life-or-death decision. And somehow, she must find a way to deal with the crime family.


˃˃˃ An Imaginative Fantasy-Thriller That Will Stimulate Your Senses Goss immerses the reader in a gripping tale in which spiders are trained to kill. To some, the story may seem far-fetched, and cult members eating the flesh of cadavers may seem abhorrent, but Dracula set that table long ago. Tegen Cave is sure to thrill anyone predisposed to the fantasy genre.

Critical Acclaim for the Tegen  Series     
  • Maxy Awards Winner ~ Best SciFi - Fantasy
  • London Book Festival ~ Honorable Mention ~ Fiction
  • Readers' Favorite 2017 International Book Award Finalist ~ Fiction - Horror
  • Halloween Book Festival ~ Award Winner ~ Horror
"From its gut-grabbing prologue to its explosive conclusion, Goss's spine-tingling debut story gives new meaning to the phrase 'A  blood-curdling adventure'." --Foreword Clarion Review ★★★★★

"This novel has romance,action, drama and a lot of thrills for readers who love horror novels. You can actually feel your skin crawl when you read scenes about spiders. I loved Sara; she is relatable and she is strong." -- Rabia Tanveer, Readers' Favorite Reviewer ★★★★★

"Unique and full of suspense, The Tegen Cave offers plenty to keep you interested. Inge-Lise Goss has created a new 'race' of individuals with unusual attributes, but maintains the mystery of whether or not they are 'good guys' against the obvious bad drug deals and pornographers." --Melinda Hills, Readers' Favorite Reviewer ★★★★★

"Creepy and twisted, yet addicting & Intriguing." --Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages ★★★★★

"The storyline was like nothing I have ever read before. It was fantastic." --Obsessiveglider ★★★★★

"Suspenseful & full of twists and turns, masterfully written." --Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★About the Author

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"THIS LITTLE BOOK IS PURRRFECT! AN ADORABLE INTERPRETATION OF THE CAT WORLD, I FOUND MYSELF SMILING THROUGH MOST OF IT." KEEPING THE UPPER PAW: THE CAT'S GUIDE TO TRAINING YOUR HUMAN BY MARTA MORAN BISHOP & PATRICIA MORAN


 Keeping The Upper Paw: A Cat's Guide To Training Your Human, is a humorous look at life, humans, and living with humans through the eyes of a cat. All of the cats in this book were once a part of the family, cohabiting together in the household of, Ms. Moran and Ms. Bishop. Morris, the elder cat, Beau, his second in command, Kitten a cat who like to get physical, Poofie, a small gray boy, who dreamed of being an only cat, Champ, the shy one, Mikey, the playful boy, Sheba, the only girl, and Little Bit, the baby all lived, played, and trained their humans. Both Ms. Moran and Ms. Bishop, describe their parts in the writing of this book as; the typists.


Sherrill S. Cannon

5.0 out of 5 stars This Little Book is Purrrrfect!
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This is an adorable interpretation of the cat world, and I found myself smiling through most of it. Having been owned by many cats throughout my life, I truly related to this cute book. I’ve immediately gifted it to two of my “cat-people” friends, and suggest you do the same. Thanks for a smiling read…

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Saturday, May 22, 2021

"MARTA MORAN BISHOP'S THE BETWEEN TIMES IS A TERRIFIC ALLEGORY, UNTIL THE SUCKER PUNCH.... IF WE FAIL TO MARSHAL OUR COLLECTIVE POWERS.... AMERICA MAY BE SNUFFED, OUT, NEVER TO BE REIGNITED."



"Marta Moran Bishop’s The Between Times is a terrific allegory, until the sucker punch. You think you’re reading a dystopian story set in some future time. Then you suddenly realize Bishop is writing about right now. The Between Times is a period in which we still have a chance to save all we hold dear. Fail to marshal our collective powers, and we fail as a society, a culture, as a nation-state, and the beacon to the world that America has always been is snuffed, never to be reignited. 

Penned with all the visceral indictments of Sinclair’s The Jungle, we admire and pity Ben, fear for Jewell, grieve Roxanne, and loathe Mr. Horton and his kind. There is a cliffhanger ending that made me need to know more. Will the uprising in The Between Times save us? This series would make fascinating movies." (Robert Blake Whitehill, author/screenwriter, The Ben Blackshaw Series)

Cyrus Webb
TOP 500 REVIEWER
5.0 out of 5 stars In Book Two of THE BETWEEN TIMES author Marta Moran Bishop shows the power of standing together

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Author Marta Moran Bishop is someone I have followed for quite some time, her books have a way of not just tugging at your heart but getting you to think as well. In Book Two of THE BETWEEN TIMES we see the results of people being divided, pitted against one another by greed and personal agendas----and we see individuals like Jewell willing to risk it all to make a difference.

The book takes us into the darkness of the world for sure, showing us how things could take an even worse turn, but we are reminded that each of us have the ability to stand up for what we know to be right---and we are not alone. Jewell realized that herself, and though it can be scary the alternative is even worse.

Full of messages that do the reader well to consider when it comes to the choices we make and the impact we're having on the place we call home, THE BETWEEN TIMES: The Divide is our call to unite before it's too late.


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Friday, May 21, 2021

WE READ ABOUT HOW TO MAKE OUR RELATIONSHIPS BETTER, HOW TO REKINDLE LOVE, SEX, & FRIENDSHIP, BUT SELDOM DO WE READ ABOUT HOW TO SURVIVE DIVORCE & COME OUT BETTER FOR IT. AWARD-WINNING BOOK RELATIONSHIP BY A. WILLIAM BENITEZ MAY BE THE KEY FOR YOU!!!


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.


Denise Fleck

Oftentimes clear, true insight comes from someone not "trained" or "educated" in a particular field of thought. This book represents one of those times. The subject of "relationships" is so complicated few outside the legal/ counseling/mental health arenas even attempt to address it for fear of being ignored, misunderstood or, worse yet, laughed at.

The author's conversational style makes his book about the subject quite easy to read / understand and as one absorbs his meaning . . . believable. It rings so true that as I was reading, I kept wanting to cut out paragraphs to put on my computer, refrigerator and bathroom mirror!

Read this book. You will be glad you found it. In fact, you will probably send a copy to your child . . . I did!



M. M. Bishop Award-winning author and poet

5.0 out of 5 stars IT MADE ME THINK AND TAKE A FRESH LOOK AT MY OWN ACTIONS


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.


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LIKE LOSING A GOOD JOB, A BUSINESS FAILURE CAN BE TRAUMATIC & IMPOSE A SERIOUS FINANCIAL HARDSHIP BUT WITH A FEW HANDYMAN SKILLS ANYONE CAN QUICKLY START MAKING MONEY - A. WILLIAM BENITEZ HAS A GREAT BOOK IN THE HANDYMAN'S GUIDE



Like losing a good job, a business failure can be traumatic and impose a serious financial hardship but with a few handyman skills anyone can quickly start making money. I know that first hand and my book The Handyman's Guide To Profit: Using Your Skills To Make Money In Any Economy, 2017 Revised Edition, can help you do the same on a full time or part time basis.


If you are in an unsatisfying employment situation, my book, The Handyman's Guide To Profit, 2017 Revised Edition, can help you start immediately making money with your home repair skills. Based on more than 30 years of personal, first-hand, self-employment experience in home repair and woodworking, it's a complete course on succeeding in the home repair business. I cover every step from getting started to the day-to-day operation of the business using methods that worked for me for many years.

Being raised in the construction business, I had pretty good carpentry skills in the home building and remodeling business. It didn't take long to realize that the home repair business was simpler and because the jobs were smaller they were finished quickly and improved my profit. In spite of the initial success, my limited business skills caused me to make costly mistakes getting started. Over time I refined my skills and learned profitable business techniques. In spite of those early mistakes, I made my entire living from self employment for more than 30 years.

If there had been someone to guide me during those early times, I could have avoided most of those mistakes. The good thing is that I learned from them. Now you can learn how to avoid all of the mistakes I made and hit the ground running with my new book.

The Handyman's Guide To Profit helps you avoid losing money and many other potential problems encountered during your business startup. I won't tell you that this is easy to do. It, s a lot of work but my book covers everything that worked for me for over 30 years.

With that information you will work effectively and profitably and enhance your present skills while operating a financially successful full-time or part-time handyman business. You can start small and either grow a larger business or simply stay small and use your skills as a lucrative sideline. The choice is yours.

B. Murray

5.0 out of 5 stars Good overview of the business with an experienced guide

Straightforward advice from an experienced handyman. Best section is how to estimate your hourly rate. Also look at the subcontractor tax warnings.



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BARBARA FRANCES' ACTION-PACKED CHILDREN'S CHAPTER BOOK IS AN EXCITING READ. "REFRESHING PLOT, BELIEVABLE CHARACTERS, & AN AWESOME READ!!! LOTTIE'S ADVENTURE: FACING THE MONSTER


"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: Facing the Monster great story and Barbara is a great story teller and her skills are brilliantly reflected in this book for children 8 to 80.


What a refreshing plot. All of the characters are so believable. Lottie seems like someone that you have known who lives across town, down the street, or maybe even your next door neighbor. We need more stories like this one that show just how important family connections are. The older and younger generations connect in such a loving way as Lottie showed so much compassion for someone not of her race or gender. How awesome! There are lots of readers, young and old, who will find this and intriguing tale.

Wanda Hasley, Retired Teacher


M. M. Bishop Award-winning author and poet

5.0 out of 5 stars A WONDERFULLY TOLD CHAPTER BOOK FOR THE TWEEN

I bought this book at the local bookstore for my niece and just had to read it too.
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.




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IS SHADOW'S WAY HAUNTED? OR IS ELAINE CHAUVIER INSANE? AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR BARBARA FRANCES WILL MAKE YOU WONDER WHAT IS REAL, WHAT IS EVIL IN THIS PARANORMAL MURDER MYSTERY!!!




Prepare to be spellbound. Barbara Frances' long-awaited third novel, “Shadow's Way,” takes you to the coastal, deep South, where the past and the present mingle 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; the esteemed Archbishop Andre Figurant and his fallen identical twin, Bastien; newly arrived Ophelia and Rudy, here to explore their Chauvier roots and their ties to Shadow's Way; and the mysterious Madame Claudine. Under a veneer of piety and graciousness, i.e., the questions: What is good? What is evil? What is reality?

Candy b

5.0 out of 5 stars

 The suspense was unbelievable
Elaine Chauvier ran a bed and breakfast from her Antebellum home.
Archbishop Andre Figurant had just finished Mass and was seeing his parishioners out.
Bastian Figurant is the identical twin of the Archbishop.
Ofelia was Elaine's half-sister and was the child of her father's second wife.
Rudy was both Ofelia and Elaine's cousin and he was coming to visit.
Elaine thought she had gotten rid of the family but Ofelia was here and Rudy was coming in a week or so. She did not want to share Shadow's Way and she wouldn't.
Lanita worked for the Archbishop for six years as his housekeeper
A mystery set in the south just before a big hurricane comes to land. I enjoyed it and it was complicated with surprises, twists, and turns. It was well written and moved smoothly. The characters were well developed and interesting. The author did an excellent job keeping all the things together. It was coherent, laid out intelligently and kept your attention till the end. I don't usually read Mystery but this was a good one and I was glad I got the chance.
I received this ARC from the author and voluntarily reviewed it.




M. M. Bishop Award-winning author and poet

5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVED THIS SOUTHERN GOTHIC HORROR MYSTERY.
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.

I received this book as a gift from my niece, and cannot thank her enough.




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MEMORABLE CHARACTERS, MAGIC, GOOD, AND EVIL! AWARD-WINNING NOVEL - LIKE I USED TO DANCE BY BARBARA FRANCES IS A TERRIFIC COMMENTARY ON SPIRITUALITY VS RELIGION & RELATIONS!!!!!


"Our kids, my, my, Gracie, 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 nameless fears that she keeps secret even from Bud. Their son Andy has said no to becoming a farmer like his dad and, worse, 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 takes an unforeseen turn.
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 freedom—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 it opening number to the last waltz.



My husband and I both read this book and loved it. It has memorable characters, magic, good and evil, and wonderful clothes! It is terrific commentary on spirituality vs. religion and relations between the races and social classes in the South. In short, this book is entertaining without being dumb.


M. M. Bishop Award-winning author and poet

5.0 out of 5 starsWILL SURELY BECOME ONE OF THE CLASSICS IN LITERATURE
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


USA TODAY & INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR INGE-LISE GOSS BRINGS US A MASTERFUL SUSPENSEFILLED, ROMANTIC TALE - DIAMONDS & LIES


Sparkling rocks, family secrets, and seductive lies

Mia’s advertising career masks a side job in the family business―the business is thievery and the competition kills. Partnering with her brother, Andy, Mia is drawn into a short timeline to plan a diamond heist to make good on Andy’s double-cross of the crime boss who hired him for the prior job. Openly teasing the mark, Mia plays with the jeweler’s attraction to her, insinuating herself into his life, gaining his confidence. When Andy’s past threatens them both, Mia abandons the heist and disappears. The mark, under Mia’s spell, hides and protects her from danger. They are both in peril as her brother’s stalker closes in on them. Alternating between ecstasy and fear, she has to make a fateful decision.

Is she placing her trust in the wrong man? Can a relationship built on lies become real?



"This novella is written in an exciting, fast paced style. Just as each day flies by with new mysterious happenings, so does the actual reading. The character development is intriguing as the reader is soon cheering on the two burglars, hoping they will solve the mystery of who is on their trail...Author Inge-Lise Goss has developed an engaging and intriguing mystery in Diamonds and Lies."--Deborah Lloyd, Readers' Favorite Reviewer



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