Monday, March 8, 2010

Entering the Age of Elegance by Chloe Jon Paul

In Entering the Age of Elegance by Chloe Jon Paul you learn the ways a woman can gracefully enter the senior part of her life. Chloe Jon Paul looks at every aspect of a woman’s life and writes a very informative book. That being said it looks like the book was hurried to get out and some of the links to the referred websites did not work. I hope that Ms. Jon Paul can make these corrections because the book could be very helpful to a women “Entering the Age of Elegance”.

Carol Langstroth, Manager
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Saturday, March 6, 2010

A Trust Earned by Diana Castilleja

“A Trust Earned” by Diana Castilleja is dedicated to every romantic thought that one could have.  Bram is an overworked doctor who is yearning for something different in his life.
Enter one Selene Aiza who has an offer for Bram that he cannot refuse. Selene is a doctor/administer who has huge secrets that she hopes that she can share with Bram.  Can Bram handle the truth that comes with Selene.

I loved the story from the first page. The chemistry between Selene and Bram is explosive from the very first page. This gifted writer will differently be another Danielle Steele if she continues to write with as much passion as Steele does.

Temptations, secrets and romance abound in this novel. Diana Castilleja has a romantic side to her that every woman would love to have and to enjoin with their own relationships!

Carol Langstroth, Manager/Reviewer
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Sardinian Silver by A. Colin Wright

Sardinian Silver is a tale of love, life, and self-discovery. It explores the moral and social dilemmas that plague our society today. A. Colin Wright addresses these issues in an interesting way through the main character and his journey through Sardinia.

Although the story line is a bit slow at first, the pace is definitely picked up in the second half of the book. Wright's uncanny ability to “transport” his readers into the action by vividly describing the Sardinian countryside also make this book an interesting read. I would recommend this book to anyone who is into a good romance novel.

*** 3½ Stars
Raymond Teodo
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The Thorn at his Side by Diana Flori

In Diana Flori’s “The Thorn at his Side” you will find romance at its finest. The sexual scenes are done very tastefully.  The romantic side of Ms. Flori shows you a vivid imagination as to what romance and love should be. She stays within the historical era as she writes this historical romance.  I found this to be titalating and action packed all the way to the end. The epilogue tells of a future that was prepared for during the romantic episodes unfolded within these pages.

Unforetold writing excellence is in this novel and I would highly recommend it to those who enjoy a good, steamy love scene and romance on the high seas.  I would love to read another novel like this from Ms. Flori and I believe you would too!

Anastasia Cassella-Young
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The Essence of Love by Alessandrina Lerner

“The Essence of Love” by Alessandrina Lerner is a book of poetry about the many different types of love she feels. The writer writes in such depth that it pulls you into her world and her thoughts on love.

Some of the poems blew my mind away as they are the same thoughts that I have for someone and the one poem, “Love ain’t…Love is” tells the truth about what love truly is.  I would highly recommend this book for anyone that loves poetry especially poetry about love.

Carol Langstroth, Manager
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Nacreous Verse by Sonja Smolec

“Nacreous Verse” by Sonja Smolec is a lovely tidbit of poetry.  Upon looking up the word “nacreous” it is discovered that it has a meaning entailed of “pearls of wisdom”.  This poetry book does have pearls of wisdom throughout it.  A critique of it would be hard to do in the sense of trying to find rythym and beat.  The author sometimes starts out with a great beat and then rushes wholeheartedly into verse that does not ryhme but has great meaning.  Starting with A B A B then following up with A C D E A F G H, etc.  Love and romance are the main theme of this book. 

Sonja Smolec uses some very large, intellectual words at times and uses footnotes to define them. I feel that a footnote is not appropriate in the theme of a poetry book but suggest perhaps that she should have used a glossary. 

All in all it is a read that you will find to be in depth, loaded with emotions and finally, it is thought provoking enough to make you read between the lines as such as poetry always does.  I would recommend this read to those that don’t expect a lot of prose and rhythm and beat as set forth by the standards of poetry.

Anastasia Cassella-Young
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Friday, March 5, 2010

Living the Dream by Tim Baker

In Tim Baker’s Living the Dream, Kurt thinks that a woman named Vicky is the cause of his entire problem so he hatches this plot to kidnap her and have her husband, Jimmy, pay the ransom. Except after he gets to Florida he finds his intended victim is away and that her husband wouldn’t pay the ransom as he wants to divorce her. Jimmy’s mistress, Leslie, wants a piece of Kurt’s action. Kurt never knew a simple kidnapping would be so much work.

This reviewer liked the ending of the book however the beginning and the middle were a little dry for me.  I loved the scenes with Kurt and Leslie where she would tell Kurt he didn’t know what he was doing. Over all it was a good book to read.

***3.5 Stars
Carol Langstroth, Manager
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The Bite of the Serpent” by Sandra Crum Akers

“The Bite of the Serpent” by Sandra Crum Akers is a fun read. I went in thinking the Mound itself would be the mystery, so the murder totally threw me for a loop.  Paranormal intrigue and a killer on the loose make for a fast paced novel. There were a few places where the story started to lag in the middle, but not for long. By the time we reach the end we are reeling with anticipation. This book kept me guessing and kept me interested. There were twists and turns I never saw coming and just when I thought I’d figured out who dunnit, BAM! Totally surprised.

I had a hard time with some of the POV, particularly with the first person thoughts in an otherwise 3rd person story, and I had some unanswered questions about the Serpent Mound itself that I don’t feel got resolved. From the title I expected it to be more of a paranormal novel. I also would have liked to get to know Anne better, I never really felt like I understood her motivations. Overall, I would recommend this book to my friends and I look forward to reading the next one if the story continues, as it feels like it should. Did I smell a budding forbidden romance there at the end? 
Happy reading!

Sherry Ficklin
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Frenzy by Carole Johnstone

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Frenzy by Carole Johnstone kept me on the edge from beginning to end. The constant rush of adrenaline injected into my brain while I read was an unusual experience for me. I found myself side by side with these characters going through the same terror and feeling the same uncertainty for my survival. If you love horror, and suspense then this is an absolute must for your collection. 

***** 5 Stars
Author/Reviewer Marilyn Thompson
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The Chosen” by C. A. Milson

If you “believe” or whether you “enjoy” reading about demons, gathering of souls and the like “The Chosen” by C. A. Milson covers them in this tale of horror.  Almost all the vices of man are included such as sex, smoking, drinking, murder and mayhem and the like.  It even includes the “proverbial” religious connotations in whether the characters believe in “God” and his protection or demons and their villainous ways.  There is so much going on in this novel that you must read it carefully and with an open mind. 

The energy of the author is reflected very well in this tome.  One could say that you would be on the edge of your seat waiting for the next melee to happen.  Powers of energy from the author and the characters will keep you reading until the end.

*** 3 Stars
Anastasia Cassella-Young, Reviewer
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The Accidental Spy" by J R Lindermuth

"The Accidental Spy" by J R Lindermuth was the most astounding historical fiction I have ever read. Every line was a hook that kept me enthralled. The story takes place during the American Revolution and follows the exploits of Daniel McCracken a con man who doesn't care one way or another who wins the war. It is an amazing story of transformation as Daniel grows beyond his own wants and desires and learns to think of the needs of others. J R Lindermuth has written a very believable tale. It is as if he were actually there writing the events as they occurred. This is the best story I have read in a very long time. One that I would recommend as required High School reading.

Marilyn Thompson
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All She Ever Wanted T.L. Cooper

In All She Ever Wanted by T.L. Cooper, Victoria reminisces about her friendship with Daryn York, a black man. Together they fight prejudice because of their being friends. She is amazed that his family treats her like one of their own and is extremely close to them unlike her own relationship with her parents.

I loved all the in-depth detail that T.L. Cooper put in to this book. I saw and felt everything that Victoria saw or did. I must say this is the first book in a long time that actually made me cry. If you looking for a good fiction book to read, this is a great one!

Carol Langstroth, Manger
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Passions By Diana DeRicci

In “Passions” by Diana DeRicci we have what the title says “passions”. It is a book all about the passions of two females and one male.  This book is not for people that can not handle strong sex scenes and people having a threesome.  While this is not my typical book that I read for enjoyment I fully liked the array of emotions that some of the characters had. I would recommend this erotic tale to those who enjoy erotica.  You might have to take off your glasses  for the steaminess of the sex scenes!

Carol Langstroth, Manager
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Starting Over By Laura Rittenhouse

In “Starting Over “by Laura Rittenhouse we read the story about the lives of Maria and her great-great granddaughter Eva. Watch as the two girls grow as independent women who live vaguely similar lives but really do have different lives.

I thought this was a wonderful book that had me wondering what was similar between my great-grandmother and me. I definitely will recommend the book to family and friends that love fiction.

Carol Langstroth, Manger
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