SUMMER OF THE DEAD by Julia Keller


Bell Elkin's Novels
Julia Keller
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 Belfa returns to her Appalachia hometown, where we meet another character, Lindy, a coal miner's daughter who has some secrets that might explode and cause more violence in this small town.
The author wrote a story that was extremely suspenseful.   She described the setting of Acker's Gap, a small town though having been struck with poverty, is in the West Virginia mountains, beautiful mountains. A small, lovely town full of brutality.The problem with the mountains was that no one was enjoying them.
A killer is on the loose and is stalking the small town and its down on their luck townspeople.The town's County prosecutor Belfa and her friend, Sheriff Nick are working to find out who this killer is. If that isn't enough, Belfa's sister is coming home from prison.  The author gives you a lot of characters, described quite well, for the reader to get their teeth into and go along with them as they try to put the killer to justice. The beautiful but brutal little town has a killer who walks side by side with the citizens, and demand their due.  DEATH!  The author did a wonderful job of combining the beautiful mountains that were filled with danger.  It wasn't a perfect place, lovely yes, but not perfect.  Far from it when a killer comes and goes as he pleases.

I was given a complimentary copy of SUMMER OF THE DEAD from the author, Julia Keller and Night Owl Reviews for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 4 STARS.

CHASING HEAVEN by Becca Fisher

Becca Fisher

Chasing Heaven (Amish Romance)

(From Amazon)
Hannah Bieler's wedding is more than just cause for celebration. It gets her sisters wondering when they will get married, who they'll fall in love with, or whether God has other plans for them entirely. But it becomes clear that although the Amish are simple people, their love lives are anything but.

Also check out "The Ultimate Amish Romance Boxed Set Collection" and "Chasing Heaven: Lord Willing."
Kindle Edition, 51 pages
Published December 15th 2012 (first published January 1st 2012)
edition language

This book was  full of Typos, repeating paragraphs and some other errors.  I'm not so sure she did much research into the Amish and their ways and she was using pages from previous books as filler.  I also found the language in this book and some other books of this author's not very authentic.  Amish, from what I've read don't use much teen slang, like OMG.  I found the descriptions of the clothing, the kitchens and other things just didn't appear as the descriptions and details that I've gotten in other books about the Amish that I've read.  
Maye this author's books would be good for the very young reader, but even then they wouldn't be getting a good idea of what the Amish life is like.  That would be, to me, a rather insult to the Amish.

I was given a complimentary copy of Chasing Heaven from the author, Becca Fisher and Amish Romance Author for my view of the book.

I'm sorry but I had to give this book a 1 STAR.


AMISH WEDDING by Becca Fisher


Becca Fisher

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When Amish woman Ruth Stoltz gets proposed to, she thinks her life can't get any better. But when anxiety strikes, is it just stress, or is her heart telling her something more serious?

Also check out "The Complete Amish Wedding Series," "Amish Romance 30 Book Boxed Set," "Chasing Heaven 15 Book Boxed Set," "The Ultimate Amish Romance Boxed Set," and "Let Love In Love Goes On Boxed Set."

  • File Size: 794 KB
  • Print Length: 39 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FEZ20WW

I love Amish books. I have quite a collection of print Amish books.  I'm always interested in more and more about the Amish.  I'm sorry to say, I didn't find much of a story here.  Amish romance usually go into the feelings of what the bride and groom have that on physical desires.  I don't have a problem with that.  Even though they are Amish, they have the same feelings as anyone else.  They mostly keep it under control. I liked Rose and what she went through to finally get to the end.  The book just didn't hold a lot of substance.  There just wasn't enough to keep you interested in the story.  Actually I didn't feel there was a lot of a story. There wasn't a lot of character connect which really makes the book.  Their lives, emotions, ups and downs, it just wasn't there. I wish I could do better review wise but it just wasn't there for me.

I was given a complimentary copy of AMISH WEDDING from the author, Becca Fisher and Amish Romance Author for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.

I had to give this book 1 STAR.


Becca Fisher I'm Becca Fisher and I write sweet Amish romances featuring simple people with complex love lives. I'm devout in my faith, relish time with my family, and seek to bring joy to as many lives as possible. I would love to have you as a reader. God bless.

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Book List (Available all together as Amish Romance 40 Book Boxed Set):
Heavenly Amish Series
1. Heavenly Blessing 2. Heavenly Temptation 3. Heaven Sent 4. Heavenly Desire 5. I'll Be Waiting In Heaven 6. Heavenly Dreams 7. Heavenly Purpose
Chasing Heaven Series
0. Pieces Of Heaven (Prequel) 1. Chasing Heaven 2. Lord Willing 3. Waiting On A Prayer 4. Leap Of Faith 5. Keeping Faith 6. Amish Hopes And Prayers
Let Love In Series
1. Let Love In 2. Love Goes On 3. Love Lives On Forever
Amish Wedding Series
1. Amish Wedding 2. An Amish Widower's Heart 3. The Christmas Gift 4. The Amish Late Bloomer
If I Stayed Series
1. If I Left 2. If I Stayed
Beachy Amish Romance Boxed Set
Amish Christmas Boxed Set




If you build it, love will come...
to Hope's Crossing.
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Hope's Crossing
Book 4
RaeAnne Thayne

If you build it, love will come…to Hope's Crossing.
Alexandra McKnight prefers a life of long workdays and short-term relationships, and she's found it in Hope's Crossing. A sous chef at the local ski resort, she's just been offered her dream job at an exclusive new restaurant being built in town. But when it comes to designing the kitchen, Alex finds herself getting up close and personal with construction foreman Sam Delgado….
At first glance, Sam seems perfect for Alex. He's big, tough, gorgeous—and only in town for a few weeks. But when Sam suddenly moves into a house down the road, Alex suspects that the devoted single father of a six-year-old boy wants more from her than she's willing to give. Now it's up to Sam to help Alex see that, no matter what happened in her past, together they can build something more meaningful in Hope's Crossing.

  • File Size: 437 KB
  • Print Length: 315 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0373777477
  • Publisher: Harlequin HQN (March 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English


The author, Ms. Thayne  has given us another wonderful read.  It's a class romance with the setting in a small town filled with wonderful characters. A dream that has been hers for her entire life is about to be fulfilled with chef Alexandra McKnight. She will be in charge of her own restaurant, her very own.  She is lucky being surrounding by people who care, a loving family.  She has just bought er first home.  She loves to make meals for those in need, one of those being her friend Caroline who is elderly.  Alexandra even took in a stray Lab in need of love.  Life is good.  But as we all know there is always something that puts a side step in that perfect life..  This being her attraction that keeps growing to Sam   Delgado.  Romance can put some little hic cups in your life.  Sam is an ex Army Ranger and widower.  A looker for sure with muscles, talent and a heart that can't get any bigger.  He just happens to be the one who is helping with Alex's new kitchen.  The attraction is two sided, but Sam is a little uncomfortable since whenever he is around Alex he is happy.  He just isn't sure.  The stop caution lights light when Sam introduces his little boy Ethan to  Alex.  She thinks he is the smartest cutest little thing she's ever seen, but she knows now she could be falling in love with both of these men? She has second thoughts about love.  The author tells about her past and her relationships with men.  Will Alex forget the past and the hurt and fall for Sam?  Much to Max's disappointment, Alex doesn't think she wants to go there.  The author has her fighting the inevitable for most of the book.  Alex is fight with every thing she has.  But will Sam get through and break that wall?
The author wrote many good descriptions of the characters, a romance that gets off to a rather rocky start and all in all the book was a keeper.  If you like those good,hunks of men, while Sam meets the bill.  You can't help but like him.  I wish I had read some of the other books.  Hope to be on my TBR list soon.
I was given a complimentary copy of Currant Creek Valley from the author, RaeAnne Thayne and Night Owl Reviews for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.
I would give this book 4 STARS.



JM Shorney


(from Amazon)
October 1, 2013
Someone wants his head.      All he wants is to see his son again.     Irish-born Aidan McRaney has just been released from prison. He served almost eight years for his part in the shooting of gang boss Frankie Lamond's would-be assassin Brian Fitzwalter, while he was working as Lamond's minder.

Now McRaney is out. His one, innocent desire is to be reunited with his nine year-old son Patrick.  Aidan's seemingly simple goal turns out to be more difficult than Aidan imagined; after being repeatedly followed by a mysterious motorcyclist, he realises that someone is seeking revenge for his past crimes.  Things soon begin to spiral out of control as Aidan's friends and loved-ones are caught up in the violence and betrayal that seem to follow him everywhere.

Friends turn into foes and foes into saviours in this unpredictable crime thriller.

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  • File Size: 788 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: New Generation Publishing (October 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FL0I35S
I  loved the different characters.  It was like a play and the characters were actors speaking their perfect lines.
With all the characters wanting to talk so bad, all you hear is the voice of Aidan, narrated first person.  Sometimes the voice is not on track, sometimes it is harsh.Aidan is an ex-con, he had killed his former employer's would be assassin.  He is now out and making an effort to go on with his life. He has two lives, one before prison.  He had worked as hired muscle, brought in two grand a week, wore the best Armani suits.  Then there is the world after prison.  He's just trying to make a living and all he wants is to be left alone. Here comes a motorcyclist, wearing leather and most of all tracking every move that Aidan makes.  Thus we have STALKING AIDAN.  Unfortunately, Aidan has to go back to his evil ways since his friends and family have been caught in the middle. The author gives you the feeling that you are on the way with Aidan to a mob hit. The author wrote a great gangster-mob story, easy to read with the feeling you were in one of those gangster cars with Aidan carrying his gun and speeding towards what may be death.

I was given a complimentary copy of STALKING AIDAN from the author JM Shorney and Authoramp for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.







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‘We must take our lives and our work seriously, but we have more successes when we allow ourselves to have fun at the same time.’
In his book, Happy Lemons – How Happiness Breeds Success, Thomas Flindt takes us on an interesting journey examining the roots of laughter and tracing its development over time, as well as diving into its various purposes, and its benefits at work!
The book consists of 11 chapters; each taking us on an insightful journey into the world of laughter, including the power of now and the therapeutic and physical effects of laughter. Each chapter includes an exercise, helping you in a fun and easy way to incorporate strong habits and get more happiness in your everyday life.
Not only will Happy Lemons leave a contagious positive effect on the reader, it also provides tips and practical tools on how to incorporate great positive habits at work, how to increase job satisfaction and how incorporate more joy in your everyday life.
We’ve heard that age-old adage, “don’t cry over spilt milk”. Well, why not laugh at it? Why not allow ourselves to laugh at our mistakes, to have that courage and face our fears, to step out of our comfort zone? “Breathing and laughing are your most important energy resources. It doesn’t make you feel alive, it keeps you alive.”

About "The Laughter Guru"

He inspires people, businesses and teams towards more enjoyable and motivating work.
2013 marks a decade of laughing for a living in Thomas Flindt’s life. Yes, that’s right. We said “laughing for a living”. “You don’t get happiness from success; you get success from happiness.” This is a concept people are only starting to realize today, particularly by those whom Thomas has left his impact on. Thomas is a life coach and laughter instructor as well as the driving force behind World Laughter Day in Denmark. “Laughing in front of other people takes courage”, a lesson learned from any attendees of this international event.
“When you see so many people laughing together as a spectator, your mind wants to understand. For those laughing together, it’s an instant connection.”
Courage and connections aren’t the only benefits either. Aside from coaching, Thomas inspires people, businesses and teams to more enjoyable and motivating work. He conducts laughter workshops and personal development courses for corporate companies because “laughter gives us energy and motivates us.” His lectures have a fine balance between seriousness and fun – emphasizing the importance of allowing ourselves to have fun, as this gives rise to more successes in life.
Success can be measured, as evinced by Thomas’ efforts with laughter in the workplace. Increased production and sales by over 40% were observed in a session conducted over a period of one year by Thomas at a Danish IT company. Thomas’ pioneering research has thus demonstrated that when humor levels rise in the workplace, profits follow.
He is one of Denmark’s leading experts in job satisfaction and motivation, and his books are based on his experiences with 20,000 employees from more than 1,000 different Scandinavian companies. At these aforementioned companies, he has helped employees and managers to have more fun, and be more effective at
Thomas will be featured on
CNN on September 17, 2014

CNN reporter Dr. Sanjay met Thomas in June and
asked him for “the Danish secret” to happiness and

If you would like a copy of ‘Happy Lemons’ please contact Kris Barnes of Authoramp
Thomas is also available for interviews and guest blogging via Kris Barnes.



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Broken Promises

A Young Adult Fantasy
(The Broken Ones, #3)
Jen Wylie
Published with Untold Press
Release date: October 7, 2014
Book 3
The Broken Ones
Jen Wylie

A year of turmoil takes its toll on Arowyn Mason and her companions. After delivering the Elven prince to his homeland, they decide to ride out the winter in the city of Westport before starting their quest to heal the Fey. Like most things in Aro’s life, nothing goes according to plan.
As Kei struggles with the prophecy bound within him, his sanity begins to unravel.  A prophecy and a promise are broken, and forgotten threats resurface with dire consequences. The Dragos is watching and the Were king is displeased with the disregard of Were law. Aro scrambles as yet another threat emerges. The Elves, displeased with their prince, exploit his only weakness…her.
Aro is forced to find a new ally, a cold-hearted, ruthless pirate named Roan. He is more than he seems and Aro must learn who she can trust, or it will cost more than just her life. She has grown stronger, but is it enough to save herself, her family, and the Elf she loves?
Jen WylieJen Wylie was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. In a cosmic twist of fate she dislikes the snow and cold.

Before settling down to raise a family, she attained a BA from Queens University and worked in retail and sales.

Thanks to her mother she acquired a love of books at an early age and began writing in public school. She constantly has stories floating around in her head, and finds it amazing most people don’t. Jennifer writes various forms of fantasy, both novels and short stories.

Jennifer resides in rural Ontario, Canada with her two boys, Australian shepherd and a disagreeable amount of wildlife.



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(from Dr. Sennett's website)

A Novel about Ancient Israel
Herb Sennett
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 The story of Deborah and Barak from the biblical book of Judges describes amazing courage and fortitude beyond modern comprehension. In this modern retelling of the old story, Herb Sennett brings to life the people of 1150 BC in such a way that their hopes, dreams, struggles, pain, and suffering help us face our own problems in the light of God's willingness to help his people whenever they are threatened with extinction. The Jewish people of that day knew little of warfare and tactics, but they were able to defeat the most powerful army of the day and then conquer the most heavily defended city in the area. This novel tells of their struggle to live free of oppression and fear through their faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Paperback: 250 pages    Publisher: WestBowPress (January 28, 2014)   Language: English    ISBN-10: 1490818073   ISBN-13: 978-1490818078

Herbert SennettHerb Sennett was born in Atlanta, Georgia, after which his parents moved to South Norfolk, Virginia, where his father became pastor of the South Norfolk Church of Christ. As a product of a small, blue-collar bedroom community near Norfolk, Herb learned quickly that to succeed, a person must focus on achieving one's dreams. Over the past forty years, Herb has had a distinguished career as a college professor and as an Army Reserve Chaplain. Herb has authored two academic books, numerous articles in major journals, four stage play scripts and five screenplays. Herb now spends his time at his home in West Palm Beach, Florida, teaching part-time and writing full time. He has recently produced two short movies and has completed two new novels nearly ready for publication.  Herb Sennett spent the last thirty years as a college professor. He was trained in speech and drama education and holds master's degrees in speech and theater as well as a PhD in theater from the Louisiana State University. He also holds master's and doctoral degrees in religious studies. Herb has produced, directed, and/or written three dozen stage plays and eleven short films. He served six years in the pastoral ministry and twenty-eight years in the US Army Reserves, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. In 2010, Herb decided to bring his years of research and training to a new creative effort, writing novels that are historically accurate as well as compelling and exciting to read. Herb believes some of the greatest stories ever written are in the Bible, and it is these stories he wishes to share in a new and exciting way for the modern world. Herb lives in South Florida with his wife of more than forty-five years. They have two children and one grandson.

 REVIEW   Year 1150 BC
 The author wrote a story of Barak and the prophetess/judge Deborah, both from the Old Testament.  Dr. Sennett used facts from the Bible and did fill ins with fiction of what might have been.  Even with the fiction, Dr. Sennet has stayed with the actual book of Judges. The author tells of the people of Israel and the attacks from the Canaanites.  At the time they were the largest army known.  The Canaanites went in and took down one Israeli village and then one more until they were a rubble of nothing.  The children were spared but everyone else was killed. The reason the children were spared was that they were to be living sacrifices for the idol worshipped by the Canaanites.  These children were to be burned. The Israelites were outnumber. They were farmers and herdsmen not soldiers.  Then God, chose Barak to take this group of Israelites against the Canaanite army.God selected judges to lead the people.  They were spiritual leaders who took are off problems, disagreements and battles.  This is the time when men were in charge of everything, but God made Deborah, Judge in Israel.  This title was only held by seven in history.The author gave us a story of courage and bravery.  A story that is rather hard to believe.  These Israelites that were nothing but farmers and herdsmen were going to take on the Canaanites.    This to me seemed disaster in the making.  Will they have a chance against the biggest army?  Or will they fail and be destroyed? The story is a story of facing and defeating oppression and fear of the Canaanites.  Will their faith carry them through? Faith can work miracles, if you only believe.

I would give this book 4 STARS.

I was given a complimentary copy of THE RELUCTANT GENERAL from the author, Herb Sennett for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.