Thursday, May 26, 2011


J.E. Taylor’s book “Vengeance” is a gripping novel about Steve Williams…an undercover FBI agent who is working as a lawyer working for Charlie Wisnowski…a drug dealer that no one has been able to catch. Charlie tries to get Steve hooked on cocaine and have him indebted to him for helping him protect his wife from a serial rapist/killer. Does he succeed or does Steve’s wife and Steve’s desire to catch him win?
It was fast paced but J.E. Taylor took the time to make sure the characters came alive and the plot was well thought out. For instance, she made Steve struggle with his doing his job and protecting his family just like any man would do in his circumstance. “Vengeance” had me by the first chapter and I almost had the book read by one night. This is the perfect book to read on the beach or near a pool this summer. I was amazed at this novel and know that others will react the same way. You just can’t ignore the events that captivate you from the beginning. This author has produced a genuine thriller!

Carol Langstroth, Manager and Reviewer
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

White Sleeper by Dr. David R. Fett and Stephen Langford

The novel White Sleeper by Dr. David R. Fett and Stephen Langford is interesting idea on how a son of a supremacist tries to seek revenge on the government that killed his parents. Dr. Dave Richards is told to investigate a series of unexplained fatal diseases, he finds more than he thought. He and FBI agent Paula Mushari seek to find the answers before time runs out.
This novel was an interesting read for me because I love what “if” stories. The story that Dr. David R. Fett and Stephen Langford spin in White Sleeper is something that can actually happen in our world today. I love how the plot slowly develops and the characters are very in-depth, they show Dr. Dave Richards as a intelligent doctor with a past, desperately seeking to reclaim his life and job. I really enjoyed this book and sincerely hope this duo of writers write another one as they make a fantastic team. I suspect that the readers that love thrillers will want to read this novel and expect to see another! The duo succeeds in catching you quickly and keeps your attention to the details making it a wonderful read!

Carol Langstroth, Manager and Reviewer
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Belonging by Nancy Minnis Damato

Belonging by Nancy Minnis Damato is the second book in the trilogy of the Taylor women. This story takes off where The Pawn left off where you follow Josie’s daughter Taylor. Taylor struggles with the lies that her mother told about her father and her need to find out who her father is. Meanwhile she uses what her mother taught her about business and makes a life for herself. As her journey continues she realizes why her mother lied to protect her.
Sometimes when you reading a trilogy you have to reread the book to figure how the 2nd book fits in. I am very happy that didn’t happen with the Belonging. It literally picked up where The Pawn left off. There was no new characters that were introduced while waiting for the main characters came back into the book. Taylor’s characters come across just as she was in book 1. I had read The Pawn for review and am happy to say that the sequel was better than original. It was like Ms. Damato came into her strive and knew where she wanted to take the characters. I hope that I get to read Separate World that ties book 1 and 2 together.

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Carol Langstroth, Manager, Reviewer
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Thursday, May 12, 2011

MerryWeather Lodge: Ancient Revenge by Pauline Holyoak

MerryWeather Lodge: Ancient Revenge by Pauline Holyoak is the most interesting book I have come across in a long time. Set in England, Emily is visiting her uncle and aunt when she finds that the house has spirits in it. No one believes her except for a teenage boy named Jonathan. Fast forward five years and Emily is forced to finally face the evils that surround MerryWeather Lodge. Will Jonathon help Emily face the evil spirits that haunt the lodge, or will he think it’s all in her head?
I found that MerryWeather Lodge: Ancient Revenge to be unique book. It showed an interesting take on the evil spirit world. The characters of Emily and Jonathan were very thought out and their personality came alive in the story more so than the other characters. Mrs. Holyoak has an intense imagination to create the evils spirits as well. I hope to see what else Mrs. Holyoak writes.

Carol Langstroth, Manager and Reviewer
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Thursday, May 5, 2011

(RE)Making Love by Mary L. Tabor

Mrs. Tabor’s “(Re)Making Love” is a memoir taken from her blog about her experiences while she was separated from her husband. She talks freely about getting back into dating but her heart belongs to her husband.

In theory the idea of taking a blog and turning it into a memoir is a fantastic idea, however, I felt that at times this book jumped around and I, a couple times, put it down because of that. I loved the fact that she was very open about her experiences and that she compared her life at times to romantic comedies and at times used quotes from many other authors to convey her thoughts and gives them credit which most authors don’t do in this day and age.

I think women who are going through similar changes in life will get something out of this. Maybe one of the reasons I didn’t get “it” was I was not in the situation that she was in.

Carol Langstroth, Manager
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Liron’s Melody by Brieanna Robertson

Liron’s Melody by Brieanna Robertson is a timeless romance story in more than one way. Melody is grieving from the death of her parents in a car crash one year ago. Her friend, Nikki, finds an old scroll of music that she thinks will get Melody to play the piano again. As Melody begins to play it she sees a man there but she thinks it is her imagination but as she plays she gets sent to another dimension where she finds Liron…a muse. Will Melody get back to her own world? Will Liron help her with her grief over her parents’ deaths? What exactly does a muse do?

I have to say Ms. Brieanna Robertson likes giving romances a different twist with every book by her that I read. She has a vivid imagination and has a way with writing interesting characters that seem to come alive on paper. Liron’s character is a perfect example of a character that just jumps out of the page when you read about him being a muse and what a muse is/does. This would be the perfect book for people that are tired of the same old romance stories that have been done over and over again. Look out world, a new exciting writer just may take the lead over other romance writers.

Carol Langstroth, Manager
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New Self New World Recovering Our Senses in the Twenty-first Century by Philip Shepard

Mr. Philip Shepherd's book, which I will abbreviate as “New Self New World”, is a refreshingly encompassing look at the human sense of self and how that self connects with the universe. His central thesis has been touted by a diverse pool of philosophical and religious ideas, but Shepherd is one of few individuals who have drawn upon all facets of human experience to help others get out of their heads and in touch with the universe. Far from the usual New Age work, this opus takes the tenants of everything from anthropology to quantum physics to trace humanity's journey as we went from gut-driven children of the universe to prisoners of analysis attempting to assert dominance over the universe's harmony. We, according to the author, over analyze everything in an effort to essentially create a series of reference labels instead of experiencing our world.

Shepherd takes a unique approach to releasing the reader from her habit of over scrutiny by introducing Being. It is from Being, feeling yourself and the world in the present, which should direct humanity and the brain which should do the work. As it stands, in Shepherd's mind, humanity has cut its head off to operate independently from Being centered in the gut, as in gut-feeling, making it operate as both decider and doer.

I feel it would spoil the effect should I elaborate any more, and Shepherd does so much more eloquently than I could ever hope. If there were ever an example of why humanity should be encompassing in both learning and feeling it is outlined exquisitely in this work.

Sara Messina, Reviewer
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