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What Matters Most by Helen Bea Kirk – Book Review

What Matters Most by Helen Bea Kirk is a cool book. It was a quick and easy read. Thanks to #Booktasters for introducing me to this wonderful author Helen. The female lead in this book Meagan is a very strong and independent character. I liked her very much. I like how she didn’t lose hope and didn’t give up when she was robbed. She is someone who fights for what she loves and she definitely is an inspiration. King, the male lead is a nice man. He is a tough man with a soft heart. He loves his family very much and goes to any extent to protect them. I hated Gayla, King’s girlfriend at the start but I was very much impressed how the author turned her story around. I must say every single character in this book has a story of their own and it feels very realistic.

I totally enjoyed the book myself. I recommend this to all ages. The establishment of characters is very well done. The title justifies the story, after all, FAMILY is WHAT MATTERS MOST!

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FIVE GOLDEN WISHES by Cari Lynn Webb – Book Review

FIVE GOLDEN WISHES by Cari Lynn Webb is a wonderful read for this holiday season. I totally loved it. This is a cute story that filled me hope for the new year. I could relate it to myself too well with me being a single mother. I get what Sadie could have dealt with with recent divorce and kids to take care of. Christmas brings hope, love and sharing. I wish I could go to Christmas Town and meet Odette, her three friends and all the locals. The setting in this small town is perfect. Dylan is the dream man. In spite of dealing with his own loss of his father, he always is willing to help his aunt and others. I enjoyed the love blossoming between Sadie and Dylan. The book is an easy read and the details of certain events are wonderfully written by the author. I recommend it to all my friends and any age group. With the Christmas just gone and New Year at our door steps, I must say that this book definitely made my year better by rekindling my spirits and hopes for the future ahead of me.

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Alive: Shadows of a Living Past by Author Marcia Maidana – Book Tour

In death she found life.

Florence Sterling should be perfectly happy. She’s been given a second chance at life with her beloved husband. But all is not well. She yearns for more children, even though Alex is reluctant. Memories of the day she and her baby were murdered still haunt her. And she can’t shake the feeling she will be separated from Alex again.

As if in confirmation of her premonition, Alex is called on a dangerous mission to enlist America’s aid in WWII. Trying to distract herself, Florence investigates what really happened when her son died. As she searches, she becomes convinced her son is alive, although witnesses say otherwise. And with each clue she discovers, she unwittingly draws closer to her old enemy—the deranged woman who will stop at nothing to destroy her.

When Alex goes missing in action, Florence must reach deeply into her faith as she faces her greatest fears. If Alex is lost to the war, will she allow herself to love another man and fulfill her desire to have a family? Or will she remain alone the rest of her life? 

Book one in this series WON the bronze medal with the Readers’ Favorite International competition
in the historical-mystery category!!! 
Make sure you Check out both books in this series!

Marcia was born and raised in Argentina during the military regime which ended with the loss of many young lives in the invasion of the Falkland Islands. Amidst the devastating effects of military government and war, reading and writing became a passion which expanded and transported her imagination with the possibility of a brighter future.
At the age of eighteen, she moved to the United States, where she studied English and started her own family. She soon discovered that the love she has for her husband and children would naturally unfold towards her European roots, leading her to become a genealogist and family historian. A decade of searching, compiling, and learning the stories of thousands of people has instilled in her a profound gratitude for the strong ties that can be achieved in families through personal sacrifice.
So it is that through fiction, Shadows of Time duology (Awaken, Shadows of a Forgotten Past and Alive, Shadows of a Living Past) explores and exposes the characteristics of true love and loyalty in times of fear, war, and finally, death. But perhaps the most captivating element in the story is the battle within the souls of the main characters as they search to know who they really are and how they are connected.
Alive: Shadows of a Living Past by Author Marcia Maidana is a classic novel about second chances. Though it’s a sequel, it can be read as a stand alone, too. Florence is a wonderful and strong female lead character. The author did a wonderful job at detailing the conditions during the World War II. Florence who found life after death still can’t get rid of the nightmares about the son who died immediately after she gave birth. When her husband Alex was called for a special mission to assist with the war strategies, Florence works on her own trying to solve the mystery of her son’s death in her previous life. The female villain in the book is very strong. This book is a complete package of history, class, romance, mystery, love and strength. I enjoyed the book totally.

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Drenched Sunflowers by Tammera Cooper – Blog Tour, Review & Excerpt 1

“Rainy days and river views fill Beth’s summer as she makes a new start in small town Washington, North Carolina. After the loss of her husband in a tragic accident, simple seems better. It’s time to renovate her life, starting with a future art gallery on the river. Sam, her contractor, has everything under control, but the stress of the construction project and new business is beginning to make her crazy. Nightmares and visions of ghosts become the nightly norm. She doesn’t have time for this. She doesn’t have time for her heart to make room for him.

Sam is happy filling his days and nights with work. His two jobs as a teacher and contractor are his passions and do not leave room for much else. This new project has possibilities: a beautiful owner, the history of the house, and an 18th century diary. Beth’s dream is becoming a timely reality until she disappears.
Mystery and intrigue fill the haunting river bank of the Pamlico as Sam and Beth find the truth behind the Water Street house and each other.”

 

 

 
 

 

Tammera Cooper grew up on the Rappahannock River in Virginia watching the riverside community change with the times but remaining the same in spirit. The waterside lifestyle is in her blood and influences her writing every day.

Currently, she lives in Washington, North Carolina writing and sharing the small town’s history with her readers. She is a member of the Pamlico Writers Group, Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and Romance Writers of America.

 
 
 
 

Drenched Sunflowers by Tammy Cooper is a romantic thriller. This story has a ghost in it but its the friendliest and nicest ghost I’ve ever come across so far. Beth is a widow who comes to a small town to get away from his dead husband memories. She hires Sam to renovate the old building and convert it into an art gallery. They discover a basement from 18th century during the process. Beth starts seeing nightmares and a ghost. The ghost keeps warning Beth about the danger from someone but Beth ignores. Beth starts liking Sam and they both go on a couple of dates. Beth feels very overwhelmed by the opening of the art gallery, nightmares and Sam. She gets kidnapped one day. The story has a wonderful twist about the kidnapper. The author maintains the suspense in an even tone all through the story and manages to keep a hold on the reader.
I very much enjoyed this book and in fact started believing the existence of friendly ghosts after reading this novel. I found the romance and suspense in equal parts in the book. The details about the small town Washington, NC are beautifully described. The characters are also very well built.
This book is a complete entertainment. I recommend this book to all my friends.
Beth ran to the back of the house. Her chest hurt as she gasped for her next
breath. Screams came from the small outbuilding at the corner of the yard.
Rain poured down in sheets as the lightning flashed around her. Sunflowers
waved in the wind, bending, almost touching the lawn. The trees joined in the
harsh dance forced to follow the rhythm of the storm. It had gotten worse.
Someone was stuck, and they couldn’t get out of the shed. She kept running,but it seemed the shed was getting farther away. The yard was starting to
flood.
“I’m coming,” she yelled, but no words came out of her mouth. The screaming
got louder. She finally reached to the door. The lightning flashed with a loud
clap of thunder. Beth jumped because it was so loud. She reached for the
doorknob, but the handle was gone.
“Help! The water is coming in. I can’t get out.”
It was a woman on the other side of the door. The banging was so loud. Beth
tried to get some leverage on the door, but there was nothing to grab. The
rough water was getting deep, up to Beth’s waist. It wouldn’t stop coming. It
must be coming over the river bank.
She looked around the yard for something to pry the door open as the
structure started to sway. She had to get her out of there. She ran back to the
shed just as it collapsed. A horrible scream split the night air. The roof fell, and
the walls ripped apart in the surf as they disappeared into the darkness. Maybe
she could still save the woman. Maybe she wasn’t badly hurt. Beth grabbed at
the debris tossing it out of her way like a mad woman. Under a broad beam,
she found a young black woman strangely dressed. The beam held her pinned
under the water. Yard tools and other rubble floated in the waves that churned
around her. A basket floated by Beth as she bent to move the massive beam.
She looked down at the person struggling under the water. It was the woman
she had seen in the bathroom mirror, her eyes pleading for help. She tried to
grab Beth as air bubbles escaped her mouth.
“Oh, my God, it won’t move.” Beth looked down at her, the hope draining from
her spirit. The beam wouldn’t move. She tried again, but the water was too
deep now. With a quick glance back toward the house, she spied an older
woman standing in the window. Beth waved her arms, hoping for some bit of
salvation, but the woman turned away as if she couldn’t see Beth at all. Beth
turned back to the woman and reached out to lay a reassuring hand on her
arm only to find, there was no life left to be saved.

 

 

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Time Twist by Jeanie Davis – Book Review

 

Arianna Miller tosses her luggage and her hopes into her Subaru and sets out to prove her talent—by decorating a Victorian mansion thirty miles from nowhere. She needs a fresh start and a break from painful memories. However, she is soon haunted by reminders of her past and endangered by foreboding mysteries.

Christopher Flemming is determined to stop his father’s crime spree, which began in nineteenth century London and now threatens present day Colorado. He must find and destroy the time-traveling machine that brought them forward in time. More importantly, he needs to save Arianna.
Because of Christopher’s blurred focus, Arianna finds her attraction to him untenable. She wants to help him, but he refuses to reveal his connection to the mansion.
Everything changes when Arianna stumbles onto the time machine before Christopher does. Will her future end up in the past?

 

 

 

 

   Jeanie Davis is an Arizona transplant—twenty-four years and counting. She loves peach ice cream, shopping, a clean house…oh, and chocolate, of course. She has traveled extensively—from Fiji to Africa and Europe to Costa Rica—but prefers being at home creating new adventures on her computer.
 
     Her four daughters have left her nest empty, but they return often with grandchildren who bring real fun and adventure to her life. And thankfully, Jeanie’s awesome husband, Rick, loves to join in on all her escapades.
 
      A good romance will always capture Jeanie’s attention; add suspense or historical ties and she’s totally hooked. She’s the author of a time-traveling adventure, Time Twist—the first of a romantic/suspense series with a twist of paranormal; an historical fiction novel, As Ever Yours, based on the lives of her grandparents, and a children’s Christmas book, I Don’t Know Why I Did It.
 
     Jeanie is passionate about writing, and she always has a new story to delve into or an older one to revise. She began by writing poetry and music, which she still enjoys, but now novels have moved to the forefront of her avocational pursuits.
     When she’s not spoiling her grandchildren, Jeanie spends her free time curled up with a good book or typing away on her most recent mystery, adventure or romance.
Time Twist by Jeanie Davis is a story line that goes perfectly well with the title. This story is about time machine and time travelling. But, I totally liked how the author presents a beautiful twist to the story about a man travelling back into time to commit crimes. This definitely is a unique, interesting and totally new plotline of all the time travelling stories I’ve ever read.
Coming to the story, Arianna, the female lead, is an interior designer who takes a prestigious job of designing a Victorian styled mansion in Pueblo for a rich man named Mr. Somers. Christopher is a police officer in Pueblo who meets Arianna under strange circumstances. They strike a connection immediately. Arianna finds Christopher very nice, and gentlemanly, like someone from old school. Mr. Somers brings his entire family from 19th century to 21st century in his time machine to escape a big fraud. Christopher turns out to be his son and eagerly waiting to rescue his mother, brother and sister from his abusive father.
The struggle of the 19th century people trying to sustain in the 21st century is explained well. It is not very elaborated but it is just apt. Christopher struggling all alone to keep his secrets to himself, not being able to share with colleagues or any friends, breaks my heart. Arianna is a strong woman who is hard working and very much independent. She tries to help Somers’ family and rescue them. I like how Mr. Somers’ daughter and Arianna communicate through a journal to maintain their communication a secret. Another best thing I enjoyed about this book is the detailing of the mansion, the paintings and other antique pieces that are decorated in the house. The balance between the time where the story took place is just perfect.
The characters are well built. I liked the pace of the story. This book is an easy read and I recommend it to everyone from teenagers to older readers. This has definitely become my favorite among the time travelling books I read so far.
Darkness had fallen. She turned on lights as she passed from one room to the next. First, she inspected the main level, taking her time to make every detail precise. Other than some packaging materials scattered on the floor in the theater room, so far everything looked good. “Theater room,” Ari snarled. “Four years ago, you didn’t even know what a television was, Mr. Somers.” She gathered the trash and took it out to the garage.
When she entered the study, a dark foreboding sensation enshrouded her like a cloak. Shadows seemed to follow her as she moved. Taking a breath, she gave herself a mental shake.
Of course she felt this way—this house was haunted—not by spirits that once were, but by the evil spirit of one moving in. She shivered.
A door banged shut. Ari jumped a few inches off the ground and spun around. Everything appeared normal.
She wished she had cell phone service. Deep breath. Deep breath.
A creaking noise sounded like it came from above her. She stood frozen. This feels so familiar, she thought. However, this time I’m supposed to be here doing my job, so there’s no reason to be frightened. The realization gave her enough courage to press forward.
Arianna headed up the stairs to inspect the game room and bedrooms. It was fully dark. She hadn’t been to the upper level since the sun had set. Her heart rattled in her chest as she flipped the first light-switch, tamping down a childish fear that someone might jump out at every turn. The house, so quiet, felt eerie. Even the rain had stopped, ending the gentle pitter-patter she’d listened to throughout the day.
Clouds moved around the moon, generating ghostlike shadows in the activity room. Her flesh crawled with anxiety. She’d been pleased the Somers allowed for a game room in their Victorian mansion. At least there would be some entertainment for Joshua and Sarah. Guilt attempted once more to worm its way into her conscience. Helping them was imperative. She whispered a silent prayer for Christopher. Last she’d heard, he still waited for the analysis results. Everything hinged on those tests.
Moving to the air-hockey table, she lifted one of the pucks and twirled it in her hand, wondering if Josh or Sarah would know what do to with it. The disc slipped from her fingers, slamming onto the table. The noise made her jump, sending her nerves back to high alert.
She hurried on to the master bedroom. Once more she thought she heard something, stopped, and held perfectly still, listening. “Hello, is anyone there?”
Silence.
Shivering, she moved on. The master bath and closets all looked good. Wait; there it was again, a rustling noise. She paused, anxiety working its way through her nerves. She wondered if a window could be open, then realized that with the rain and her stern warnings nobody would have dared open a window. She proceeded quickly through the spare rooms.
Next came Joshua’s bedroom. The baseball and glove were the only things out of place. With trepidation, she put them away. Was it her imagination, or had the ball quivered in her fingers? She shook her head. I’m making myself crazy. Her eyes landed on the family picture by Joshua’s bed. Her thoughts nearly stole away with memories of her discussion with Christopher, when another noise pulled her from her ruminations.
I know that wasn’t my imagination. Her heart beat too loudly now to hear anything else. Mentally retracing her steps, she was certain she’d locked up after the last of the workers had left the house. “Hello?” She tried to make her voice firm, but it faltered.
No response.
Only Sarah’s room remained unchecked. She’d been turning the upstairs lights on as she’d inspected each room and off again when she’d left it. Sarah’s light was on. Besides a few beams illuminating the main level, only Sarah’s room remained lit. As Ari cautiously crept down the hall, the light cast a moving shadow on the wall, which chafed at her already tattered nerves. The extra adrenaline urged her to pick up the pace forward. She nearly sprinted the final feet to Sarah’s room.

 

 

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