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December 8, 2016


CAROLE ROMAN has brought us another book on the cultures around the world.  This one is...    
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                                            A Child's Introduction to Culture Around the World 
illustrated by Kelsea Wierenga

Be sure to grab a copy of this book to add to the others in the series including...
Mexico, Australia, Turkey, Hungary, Poland, France, India, Portugal, Scotland, Italy, South Korea, Peru, Kenya, China, Russia, Norway, Greece, Egypt, Brazil
This is the newest book in Ms. Roman's series.  They are informative books with lessons to learn.  Not just for children, but for adults also.  You're never too old to learn.  Fill that brain up with good information.  In Ms. Roman's books you get to learn about customs and cultures.  You get to see things through the eyes of a young person and get to know what their lives are like in their country.
 In this book, first we get a picture of what Israel looks like along with where the capital is located.  Certain words have the pronunciation in parenthesis.  When living in Israel you call the country, State of Israel or Medinat Israel.   Certain faiths see Israel as a Holy Land.
Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world. Back in 1538AD, the city was divided into 4 neighborhoods,  Christian, Armenian, Muslim and Jewish.   Every year many tourists visit the city.
Shopping is done in an open air market known as the Shouk (Shook).  You would buy things like hallav and lechem, milk and bread.  They would be bought with the shekel.  This is the currency used.  You might go to the Dead Sea or Salt Sea the lowest spot on earth, 1371 feet below sea level.  Dead Sea is appropriate since nothing can live in the salty water. The story goes on to tell how they lives, names they are called, foods they eat and sports they play.  In the spring, there is a celebration where children dress up to celebrate Queen Esther. It is called the celebration of Purim.  I found it very interesting that you read and write from the right side to the left and why.  At the end of the book, there is a pronunciation guide of the different words used in the book.
It's not only fun to learn about different countries and cultures but it is educational.  Get some of Ms. Roman;s IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN... books and follow the countries and have fun while learning.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 5 STARS.


Gordon Landsborough

Careless O'Connor is no stranger to the dangerous wild lands of the West.

A strong, daring Texan, he is an important asset to the United States Federal Bureau. His latest assignment is to trace the location of the mysterious Santa Anna cannon, with a history dating back to the Napoleonic wars. But the cannon is believed to have fallen into the hands of the Comanches.
They already have a war on their hands - there isn't a white settlement in eighty miles that hasn't been burnt to the ground by the Indians. For the Comanches to seize control of the cannon would be disastrous, marking a sure defeat for the American settlers.
Major Abigay assures O'Connor that the cannon has been busted and no longer functions, so there is no risk of it being put to use in warfare. However, O'Connor is suspicious. And he is not the only one hot on the trail of the cannon.
As he crosses over Rattlesnake River in pursuit of the weapon - deep into Indian territory - there is no knowing how many Indians will be waiting to ambush him and thwart his plans. But it is not only bloodthirsty Indians he has to contend with.
With renegade white settlers lurking at every turn, can O'Connor survive against all odds? 
Or will he ride straight into a death trap in  his quest to find the legendary SECRET OF THE CANNON? 


Gordon Landsborough (1913-1984) was a publisher, author and bookseller. Writing tales about the exploits of gun-toting cowboys fighting out on the arid sands of the Wild West, Landsborough was himself a pioneering in the English paperback publishing world of the 1950's.   He was widely known amongst his peers as the "maverick publishing genius."


As soon as I saw the name Careless O'Connor, I knew something exciting was going to happen.  A big strappin' Texan, a part of the Federal Bureau he doesn't take any nonsense from anyone. He fights his way out of trouble that would sure to deliver death to any other.   Now his assignment is to find the Santa Anna cannon.   There is something very special about this cannon and everyone is fighting and killing to get their hands on it, including the Comanches.  Some believe it is adorned with precious metals and gems and others believe it is pure gold.   I find all of that hard to believe, but there is something mighty special about this cannon.  People are dying to get their hands on it.    The Comanches are on the war path, killing and burning.  Careless knows if the Indians get their hands on the cannon, it could be disastrous.  He was told the cannon was broken and was of no use anymore but somehow, he doesn't believe that. Comanches aren't the only problem. There are white renegade settlers who will kill to have the Santa Anna cannon.   Will O'Connor find the cannon?  Will it be in one piece? Will the secret of the cannon be what everyone thinks?  What about a little romance with a sweet, and yet tough young woman?  Will Careless settle down after all this cannon searching? Take a journey into Comanche territory and the search of the Santa Anna cannon.   Be beside the tough and yet gentle Texan and fight with him to save the settlers, the cannon and the army.   Follow his journey with Jane and see if romance is in the future?  What happens to the cannon?
This is a bit different western being that it is a search for a cannon. It's not just your usual fight for the death between the Indians and the settlers.   This is different.  The author gives you a variety of characters, some you love, some you hate.  Some you would want backing you and some you would want far away from you.  This is a fantastic western read and I read it in one evening.   I wish there could be a sequel about Careless.  Too Bad.!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Pioneering Press and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 5 STARS. 



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The FrontRange Series
Book 4
Author: Charlene Whitman
Publisher: Ubiquitous Press
Pages: 450
Genre: Sweet Historical Western Romance
Yearning to become a concert musician, a young woman from New York travels to Colorado to purchase a violin, but when she meets a wild, untamable cowboy, her dream is threatened and her heart torn ...
In New York in 1877, Angela Bellini longs to become a concert violinist and get away from her abusive father. When her dream takes her to Greeley, Colorado, to purchase a violin from a master instrument maker, she learns she must wait three weeks until her violin is ready before she can head home.
Angela is determined not to let anything or anyone waylay her dream, but when she meets rough-and-tumble cowboy Brett Hendricks, her heart is torn. He is her opposite in every way—uncouth, cocky, and reckless. But she is hopelessly drawn to him, like a moth to flame.
Brett Hendricks is on the run—not just from an angry rancher who is tracking him down for shooting his son but from a dark and troubled past plaguing him with guilt and shame. A wild, untamable cowboy, Brett can break any horse with a soft touch and soothing word, but nothing in the world can bring him peace. He fears he will never stop running, never see his dreams of ranching realized.
But then, one evening, he hears sweet violin music that seeps deep into his soul--music that floods him with peace. He falls hard for Angela but knows she plans to leave Colorado. All his attempts to win her heart fail disastrously, and though he buries himself in the cattle roundup, when he helps thwart a rustling outfit, his enemies multiply.
Somehow he must find a way to gain Angela's heart and trust. And somehow Angela must break past her distrust of men to discover the love awaiting her with open arms.
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Book Excerpt:
Chapter 1
September 9, 1877
New York City, New York
The slap on Angela Bellini’s cheek burned, but not as fiercely as the hurt in her heart. The pain and disappointment smoldering there sizzled like hot embers, threatening to reduce her to a pile of ash. She glared at her father’s back as he stomped out of the room.
Why couldn’t her papá understand? She would not marry Pietro, no matter how wealthy his family was, no matter how many years her papá and his had planned such an arrangement. “It is our way, Angela,” he had told her again, his face hard and eyes dark and menacing, leaving no room for debate. “And you will marry him. You are twenty years of age—you are lucky he is still willing. You’ve made him wait long enough.”
When she forced her objections past the rock lodged in her aching throat, she knew what would follow. What always followed. Her papá’s rage erupted in a torrent of Italian curses that ended with a slap that knocked her nearly senseless against the foyer wall before he stormed out the apartment.
As she slid down in a heap by the front door, she had caught a glimpse of her mamá in the kitchen, her back turned to her in unspoken submission. Angela huffed. I will never marry and become like you, Mamá—squashed under the thumb of some man who wants only subservience and a crowded apartment full of squalling babies.
 She swallowed back tears. She would not cry—not today. Today she would take the first steps—real steps—toward her dream. And no one, not even the powerful and prominent Giusepe Bellini could stop her.
Their tiny stuffy apartment rumbled—as it always did six times a day and twice each night—from the Third Avenue El Train fifty feet away. The noise of the wheels clacking and the platform rattling mingled with the loud voices of her downstairs neighbors arguing—Mr. Paolino’s tenor to his wife’s shrill soprano. Outside her window, carriages clattered on cobblestones in sharp staccato, and shoppers and merchants carried on in boisterous conversation, sounding no more pacifying than an orchestra tuning their instruments.
On most days Angela could drown out the suffocating symphony of Mulberry Bend by rehearsing violin caprices in her head, imagining her fingers flying over the fingerboard, her right hand bowing the strings, eliciting the sweet and sonorous timbre of her instrument.
But on this stifling, humid September afternoon, the many pieces she’d memorized—no, absorbed into her very soul, as if food that nourished her—flitted away, out of reach, as she pulled down the heavy carpetbag from the hall closet—a bag that she’d found months ago stuffed behind a stack of wool blankets.
She stopped and listened. Her mama was humming in the back room as she folded laundry. Her two younger siblings were off playing with neighborhood children—in the street, no doubt, as the sweltering heat was worse indoors.
Angela’s hands shook as she dabbed her perspiring forehead and neck with a handkerchief and went through her mental list of all she would need on her trip. Not much—she’d only be gone ten, perhaps, twelve days, if all went as planned. She pushed from her thoughts her papá’s impending fury at her insolence and the resulting punishments that would await her upon her return. But she had made her decision, and there was no turning back.
Hurry, she told herself. Her papá had gone downstairs to the corner market, and while he often spent an hour or more on Sunday afternoons smoking cigars with the men of the neighborhood, discussing the politics of her close-knit Italian community and their various business ventures—and arranging their daughters’ marriages, she thought bitterly—he could return at any time.
In her bedroom, she gathered the neat stack of clothes she had put in her bottom dresser drawer, then stuffed them into the traveling bag along with her few womanly items, her prayer book, some sheets of music, and a spare pair of shoes. She checked her reticule and found the roll of bills—the money she’d earned over the last two years from babysitting and teaching music lessons through Signore Bianchi’s instrument shop on Second Avenue. She hoped it would be enough for the quality of violin she planned to buy.
Mr. Fisk hadn’t answered her inquiry regarding pricing in his letter. He merely assured her he would provide her with an exceptional instrument and that they would work out the financial details once she arrived in Greeley, Colorado.
Would her meager savings be enough? It had to be, for she couldn’t return to New York and face the audition committee without a proper instrument.
The director’s words still stung. “You’re a talented musician, Miss Bellini. But you bring shame to your craft by playing on such an inferior violin. Come back when you have an appropriate instrument.” The three committee members had politely frowned when she flustered an apology and hurried to the exit of the symphony hall, pressing down her humiliation and frustration as tears welled in her eyes.
Her papá could well afford to buy her a violin of exceptional quality, and every year at Christmas she begged him to indulge her love of playing with the purchase of a new one, but he only laughed in cool disdain and waved her away. “Give up your foolish dreams, Angela. Your place is in the home, with a husband and children. Not on the stage.” Her papá regarded music appropriate only at holidays and festivals and family gatherings, and only traditional song and instrumentation. He didn’t—couldn’t—understand this dream she nursed. The dream to play in the New York Philharmonic, to play on stage before an audience, to be a part of the creation of ethereal music that filled a great performance hall and moved listeners to tears.
To make matters worse, her older brother, Bartolomeo, sided with their papá, constantly nagging her to “get married already and stop being a burden on the family.” Although he was but two years older, he and Dora had three children. And Dora—and most of Angela’s other girlfriends from her school days, who were also married—gave her constant looks of pity, as if Angela was missing out on life’s greatest joy. But they just didn’t understand.
She had to fan the tiny spark of her dream to keep it alive, to prevent it from being snuffed out by her papá’s stern expectations and society’s demands. And it had nearly been extinguished a month ago, upon her papá’s brash public announcement of her engagement to Pietro—an arrogant youngest son of a successful wine merchant who had no love for music—none whatsoever. She harbored no hope that he would ever understand her passionate need to play the violin, and no doubt he’d forbid her pursuit of her dream.
And then she’d read an article in the Times about one George Fisk, a master violin maker in a newly founded town in the West—a place called Greeley. On a whim she’d written him. Why? She didn’t know. She could purchase a violin in Manhattan—one of sufficient quality. But there was something about the description of this man, Fisk. The way he spoke about the instruments he made. The care and time and love he put into each one. He built his instruments with a passion and love for beauty and music that resonated with her. For, she wanted more than a good violin. She wanted one that spoke to her soul, one made just for her. George Fisk promised he could provide just that. But she had to travel halfway across the continent. Was she willing? he’d asked her.
Yes, she wrote him. Yes, more than willing. Although, she’d never traveled outside of the city, and the thought of venturing into wild country, alone, made her stomach twist. But Fisk had told her not to worry. He would see to her accommodations and show her around his “wonderful little Western town.” And she had to admit—she was ready for an adventure.
She looked around her cramped tiny bedroom situated in a crowded apartment in a busy, noisy city. I’m more than ready for peace and quiet, and to get away from Papá’s mean spirit and violent temper.
What must it be like to stand under a wide-open sky spattered with stars, with no neighbors quarreling or trains rattling or horses’ hooves clacking on stones? Her heart yearned for such open space, for such silence. Silence that longed to be filled with beautiful music. She imagined nature itself performing a symphony of birdsong and coyote howls and water cascading over rocks. Those were some of the images her mind drifted to as she played, and she longed to merge her own musical voice to that of creation, if even just for a day or two.

About the Author

The author of "heart-thumping" Western romance, Charlene Whitman spent many years living on Colorado's Front Range. She grew up riding and raising horses, and loves to read, write, and hike the mountains. She attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins as an English major. She has two daughters and is married to George "Dix" Whitman, her love of thirty years. 

The Front Range series of sweet historical Western romance novels (set in 1876) includes Colorado Promise, set in Greeley, Colorado; Colorado Hope, set in Fort Collins; Wild Secret, Wild Longing, which takes readers up into the Rockies, and Colorado Dream (release date 11/15/16) and Wild Horses, Wild Hearts (release date 1/1/17).

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This is the fourth installment of this series.  Each book can be read as a stand alone, but I would suggest starting with book one.  
 This is a story that fills your heart with love and a touch of warmth. The setting starts in New York in 1877.  A young woman has a longing desire to be a violinist, a concert musician.  She also wants desperately to live her own life instead of that of her father, who is far from kind.  
She finally decides to go to Greeley, Colorado to buy a violin, not just any violin, but one made from a master.  Unfortunately she has to wait three weeks for the violin to be finished. But Angela is bound and determined to have her dream come true.  No one will get in her way....that is.. until she meets a cowboy and her thoughts go from the violin to her heart. Brett Hendricks and her connect although Angela hasn't really took to it yet.  Brett Hendricks isn't at all like her but she can't help herself.  She can't stop thinking about him. Angela has a lot of mistrust for men due to her abusive father and it's extremely hard for her to trust. Brett has a lot on his plate, he is on the run from shooting a man and his past is haunting him.   He is in turmoil.  The only thing that brings him peace is breaking horses.   He has a loving way of doing this.  But the world... that's a different story.  It's constant upset.   But one night, something hits him and brings peace to him...violin music.   That did it.  He falls for Angela and wants desperately for her.  Things just seem to go from bad to worse for Brett.   He has to win over Angela. But, how?   But it's not just Brett, it's Angela.  She has to let go of the mistrust and let herself into the open loving arms of Brett.
The author gave the readers a sweet, romantic story of the old West. It appears that the author definitely did her research and that gave the story a believable sense to it.  The author also gives the reader supporting characters in a town that has what Angela is afraid of.  Trust!  There are loving couples where men are good and kind.  Can Angela see beyond her mistrust?
Will Angela give up her lifelong dream of being a violinist?  Will Brett convince her to trust again?  What will happen to these two characters in the old West in Greeley, Colorado?
So if you love westerns, sweet romance, a little history and characters you can relate to, then pick up a copy of this book and travel to Greeley, Colorado with Angela and meet Brett.
I received a complimentary PDF copy of this book from the author and PUYB and voluntarily decided to review it.  
I would give this book 5 STARS.

December 7, 2016


An Angel Lake Mystery
Book One of Three
Walking Calamity Cozy Mystery Series
CeeCee James


The only thing worse than a used car salesman showing up on your doorstep is finding one dead. After a scandalous divorce, Elise returns from the big city to her southern home town only to trip over the body of the town playboy. He leaves behind a heap of trouble that includes missing money, missing pets, and mourning lovers, and the suspects just keep piling up. Caught in her own drama, Elise is quick to wash her hands of it, until her best friend, Lavina, winds up as the number one suspect. Can Elise clear her friend's name without ending up as the next one dead? Or are her friendship binders keeping her from seeing the truth?
  • Series: Angel Lake Mystery
  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 14, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1535301163
  • ISBN-13: 978-1535301169


CeeCee James is a wife, mom of four kids and pet mom to two mini-dashchunds. She's always loved to read and always had her nose in a book-- getting her into trouble at school when she'd sneak it in her text books.

Writing has been a life long passion. Her first works were published in middle school and she won several short story and poetry competitions through out her life. She loves writing about love, humanity's struggles and the celebration of life. Sometimes there is beauty even in the chaos of a messy moment. For her, writing is about taking time to savor those moments.

If you're a lover of cozy mysteries this is a real treat.  I found it very fun to read and it is full of clues to help you solve the murder.  It is a clean read as most cozy books are.  No bad language, no off the wall sex scenes.   This is a book where you can concentrate on solving the murder.

Our sleuth, Elise, divorced, goes back to Angel Lake only to find her best friend, Lavina is one of the main suspects in a murder of the town's playboy, Cameron McMahon.  Why would Lavina be a suspect?  Could it have something to do with the fact that she is the heir to the playboy's fortune? Elise saw the accident when she was training for her first marathon.  A train hit a parked car, a car on the tracks.  What was that care doing on the tracks?  Perhaps it wasn't murder, maybe it was suicide.  The story has clues written in and often you can read right over them since the story is so entertaining.   Time and time again you'll think you have the murder solved but when you turn the page, the guilt seems to fall on another person.  The plot of the murder is well written with characters you can relate to.   I was surprised and rather pleased with the ending.  I was kept guessing through the whole book.  I really felt I had it figured out several times, but I was wrong.     I haven't read any other books by CeeCee James but I definitely will read another.  So grab a copy and see if you can figure out who murdered the playboy, or was it suicide?  A great book to cozy up on a cold night.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and Authors Cross Promotion and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 4 STARS.


REVIEW: Beckham 101


The Kate and Robert Chronicles
Suzanne Eglington 
December 5 – 16! 

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Title: Beckham 101: The Kate and Robert Chronicles
Author: Suzanne Eglington
Publisher: Xlibris
Pages: 280
Genre: Romantic Suspense
BECKHAM 101 is the third installment in the Kate and Robert Chronicles by author Suzanne Eglington. Eglington invites readers into the intimate inner world of the newly wedded duo as they learn to navigate life as a committed couple. Settling down brings new perspectives and people into Kate’s and Robert’s lives, along with the exposure of more of Robert’s mysterious past. For Kate, being married to a top cop means managing both desire and reality.
Following a one-week courtship, Kate submits to her love for Robert, an intense super cop who has been patiently waiting for his opportunity to seize the one women he truly desires. Their quick marriage means frequent amorous entanglements, but it also means that Kate’s knowledge of her new husband’s personal history is limited. Kate must steady herself to cope with the slow unveiling of her husband’s past.
Being the wife of an influential and respected police officer means a change in lifestyle for Kate. Robert is fiercely protective of his wife and enjoys spending as much of his free time with her as possible. Marriage to Robert means Kate has inherited a family of high-performing cops who not only open their hearts for her but also provide protection when ghosts from Robert’s past threaten to harm her.
In BECKHAM 101, the author introduces new characters into the series, including Robert’s best friend, Jimmy and Kate’s wise and skilled Uncle Jack. As with the two previous books in the Kate and Robert Chronicles, Eglington’s mission is to offer readers a respite from their daily lives. “First and foremost,” Eglington says she wants her readers to feel “I have entertained you with my characters and possibly left a lasting enjoyable impression that fed the passion and intensity of the love between Kate and Robert. Second, that I was able to take you away from your everyday routine to enjoy some downtime with a story you are falling in love with.” Beyond the steamy intimacy and the thread of danger embedded in her stories, Eglington’s books also highlight the lives of cops. “My stories are about the lives cops lead away from the police department. I want readers to think of the men behind the badge and the people who could be in their lives.”
By gradually revealing some elements of Robert’s past in BECKHAM 101, Eglington is priming readers for the fourth book in this sexy and suspense-filled series.

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Suzanne Eglington is the author of the Kate and Robert Chronicles series. The three-book series follows the unfolding romance of top cop Robert Beckham and the ravishing Kate Quinn. The titles in the series are Inceptions, You and I, and the recently released Beckham 101. A fourth book in the Kate and Robert Chronicles series is forthcoming.
Suzanne currently resides in Central Massachusetts with her family.


Book Excerpt:
Everything Robert had said to me was playing over and over in my head.
“Don’t open the door for anyone. Liam and Kevin have a key. They will call first.”
     They will call first. . .  they will call first . . .
    Why would they break protocol? They were under Robert’s orders.
                  Liam phoned to tell me he had to go out on a call. “Don’t open the door for anyone. . .” And stupid, stupid me, here was “anyone” forcing her way into our home, radiating with conflict. She had caught me off guard, and as my brain started taking in what was happening, I had two choices because this was going to end badly. I could run downstairs, which would be another bad decision on my part. She knew the setup very well because that is where my husband used to take her and all the women he slept with. Talk about feeling used—he never let them sleep over or spend time with him. Hell, he didn’t even let them touch him. It was just sex and then they left.
                  This bitch in front of me—Ms. Fellow officers Christine Foss—was one of his regulars. I hated her so much. And I still hadn’t paid much attention to how the bottom floor was laid out. There was the gym, the bathroom, and a bedroom with a big storage area in the back. Did it have a door? Where was it located? Damn it! I do not like being vulnerable. Everything I needed was located upstairs. Outside of cleaning down there a few times, it was pretty much forgotten that it was part of the house.
                  Survival mode began to erupt. My dad’s poker face slipped on just like he and Uncle Jack taught me to show no emotion in a conflict. Uncle Jack said once they read fear, it’s all over.


This is the third installment in the Kate and Robert Chronicles.The author lets us have a peek into the newly weds as they learn to live together, put up with each others quirks and keep the marriage together. Learning to live with each other's friends isn't easy either.  Then there's the possibility of secrets that both may have.  Being married is learning to combine the reality of being one married couple and the reality of reality.  Kate and Robert  have a quick wedding, after only one week of being together.    Kath realizes that her new husband has some kind of a secret of his past that he is trying to keep hidden.  She's hoping that slowly the secret will emerge.   Robert, being a cop, is overly protective of his wife and wants her all to himself.  Robert's entire family likes her and the y are a family of cops so she is protected from all sides. The author gives the reader a break from the everyday humdrum of real life.  You get to escape.  This book introduces new characters  into the cast from the previous books.  Ms. Eglington gives you a look into the intimate, private lives of Kate and Robert.  The author not only gives you the hot romance and intimacy between the two but there's danger in the mix also.  The author's books give you a look at the private lives of cops away from the force. Sometimes we forget they have a private life. The book flows steadily and it's entertaining, may give you a little flush and leaves you wanting more of Kate and Robert.

 I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and PUYB and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 5 STARS. 



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BREATH STEALER by Steven Pustay

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Steven Pustay

There are places in this world we shouldn’t go, powers we’ll never understand, problems we couldn’t hope to solve. When 17 year old Aaron Hall, an ordinary high school athlete who never sought the spotlight, discovers an ancient warrior’s secret for stealing the breath of his enemies, he determines to use it only to shame a vicious bully. But the addictive powers of the breath-stealing recipe aren’t easily controlled and Aaron struggles to understand who he has become under the seductive influence of being for the first time in his life, the hero.
Kindle Edition Published November 13th 2016 by Toward The Mark Books
Edition Language English
Suspense, Thriller, Historical Fiction 


Retired after 40 years of teaching high school and college classes in British Literature, Computer Science, Video Production and Media I'm now enjoying relaxed schedules which have given time for writing, reading, building an HO model railroad empire in the basement and the joys of grand parenting.
I've just published my first novel, 'Breath Stealer' on Amazon and am in the early drafts of my second, 'Without Guilt.'
My BA from the University of Akron is in British Literature and thanks to Sally Papadopolous, my High School English teacher who gifted me a Complete Volume of Shakespeare and led me to Donne, Browning and Milton, Middlemarch and Far From the Madding Crowd I've grown up with an appreciation for the craft of story telling.
Steinbeck and Hemmingway are my more likely muses and I still own the dog-eared paperback of the Nick Adams Stories that I bought my sophomore year of high school.
Writing and its craft and discipline bring me joy. I don't know what truths have come to my writing, I would guess we trust our readers to that, but I do know that good writing has lifted my spirit when it needed lifting and has brought me to despair and sadness as well. I hope that some of what life has shared with me stands evident in what I write.

We all know there are so many things in this world we don't understand and may never understand. Powerful things that may make no sense.   People who have power over others and we wonder, how does this happen?  The world is full of  discord that, though we may want to solve, it may never be solved.   There are just those place and things we shouldn't delve into.   The author has given us a story of an ordinary everyday teenager, being a high school athlete.  He kept to himself, never went out of his way to get attention.  Something happens to him though.  He discovers how to take the breath away from your enemies.  This is an ancient warrior's secret. How he discovered it, I will leave that up to you, the reader.  A 17 year old with this kind of power.  What does he decide to do with it?    He decided to use it on a bully and only that bully.  But Aaron finds that he has trouble controlling this power and he doesn't understand who he has become.  He's a different Aaron.  This power is like an addiction, so strong and somewhat uncontrollable.  Aaron for the first time is wanting that attention he never looked for before.  He has become somewhat a hero, but what comes with that title?   How many times have we, the readers wished we had a power of some kind over someone?   But if you really thought about it, deep and hard, would you want that power?   Aaron struggles to understand who he has become under the seductive influence of being for the first time in his life, the hero.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book  4 STARS.



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Curse of Quantrill

EC Tubb


Quantrill and his men are vigilantes of the American South.  Fighting the North, not with the Army but as their own guerrilla band.

But there's unrest in the ranks when Quantrill's two Captains, Jud and Brenhardt, begin to argue over what should be done.

Jud's a man of principle, led by a strict honour code, while Brenhardt seems more focused on money than morals.

Under Quantrill's lead, the two men are kept in check, but when Northern spy, Sam Calloway, sneaks into Quantrill's band it marks the bitter end of everything.

The war is lost, most of the men in Quantrill's band are dead and buried.

There are harsh choices to be made and Jud might have to decide if Sam Calloway, the enemy of his enemy, might be the closet thing Jud has to a friend.

Curse of Quantrill is a tale of honour, loyalty and bravery in the face of defeat.
  • File Size: 571 KB
  • Print Length: 138 pages
  • Publisher: Pioneering Press (June 1, 2016)
  • Publication Date: June 1, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01GIKKD20


Edwin Charles Tubb was a British writer of western novels, science fiction and fantasy. The author of over 140 novels and 230 short stories and novellas, Tubb used 58 different pen names over the decades. He passed away in 2010, but his legacy lives on.

 Pioneering Press is an imprint of Endeavour Press, the UK’s leading independent digital publisher. We publish new and classic westerns by authors from the US and the UK.
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Quantrill and his band of vigilantes were from the South.   They hadn't joined up with the Army but were fighting the North as their own army.  In Quantrill's band were two Captains, Jud and Brenhardt.  They began to butt heads when they couldn't agree on what should be done and how it should be done.   Two different men, two different principles.   Jud:   a man who stood up and was honorable.  Brenhardt was more interested in what he could gain than what was right.   The two men were kept pretty much under control when they were led by Quantrill.  But trouble was brewing.  A spy for the North, Sam Calloway is about to end of it all and it was going to be deadly.  He sneaks into the band and chaos begins.   Most of Quantrill's vigilante band dies, buried and forgotten and as this happens so the war is over and lost.  As always choices must be made and Jud must make those choices.  Is Sam Calloway the best thing to a friend to Jud?  Enemy of Enemy?  Even though war is ugly, then and now, it sometimes must be fought.  Lives are lost, choices must be made. Sometimes those choices aren't the ones we would particularly want to make but they have to be made.    This western tale of Quantrill and his vigilante band is a tale of honor, pride, being loyal even in the face of death and defeat.  These men, no matter what side they were on were brave and loyal men, fighting to the death.  Perhaps their loyalty was misplaced.  That's up to the reader to determine.  Follow Quantrill and his band as they fight the North and as the war is lost and the men died.  Was this defeat or was this valor?

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Pioneering Press and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 5 STARS.

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December 6, 2016

PURPLE PUP by Karl Steam

Karl Steam 

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Lav and his friends are the first of their kind, genetically modified to be wonderful pets. They quickly teach the humans that modifying DNA is easy, compared to controlling the animals that are created. Join the adventures that help them discover where they belong in this world, and what they are meant to do.

If you enjoy stories that are told from an animal's perspective, this should be at the top of your reading list. Purple Pup is one of those special books that you will always remember.

Published November 27th 2016
Edition Language English

Karl Steam Karl Steam is a children’s author, illustrator, and motivational speaker. Some of his works include Bear Woke Up, How Santa Changed, and Purple Pup. He resides in the Lakes Region of the Upper Midwest, with his wife and three children.

 This is an unusual book in that it is told from the eyes of an animal.  The author gives the reader a chance to use your imagination to it's fullest.   It's about genetically modified animals. This makes them a special group. These animals with their DNA changed are much easier to control and enjoy.  Such fun for readers of any age.   Go on the journey of Lav and his friends as they find their place in this world and what they are meant to do.  Such adventures from Lav and his friends.   This book isn't just for children but adults also.  You're never to  old to read a book of fun and excitement.  So grab a copy of PURPLE PUP and follow the adventures of genetically modified Lav and his friends.   Interesting and oh, so much fun.  Could this be the thing of the future? Genetically modified animals?

I received a complimentary copy of PURPLE PUP from the author and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 5 STARS.