The Flood Girls by Richard Fifield 

  

OVERVIEW

This snappy, sassy redemption story set in small-town Montana is “a wild and crazy debut novel by a talented young writer” (Jackie Collins), filled with an uproarious and unforgettable cast of characters you won’t want to leave behind.
Welcome to Quinn, Montana, population: 956. A town where nearly all of the volunteer firemen are named Jim, where The Dirty Shame—the only bar in town—refuses to serve mixed drinks (too much work), where the locals hate the newcomers (then again, they hate the locals, too), and where the town softball team has never even come close to having a winning season. Until now.

Rachel Flood has snuck back into town after leaving behind a trail of chaos nine years prior. She’s here to make amends, but nobody wants to hear it, especially her mother, Laverna. But with the help of a local boy named Jake and a little soul-searching, she just might make things right.

In the spirit of Empire Falls and A League of Their Own, with the caustic wit of Where’d You Go, Bernadette thrown in for good measure, Richard Fifield’s hilarious and heartwarming debut will have you laughing through tears.

REVIEW

MY, MY, MY!!!! I am struggling to form a coherent sentence after finishing this tale!!! 

This novel started slowly for me. But, it wasn’t long till I was vested in the wacky characters and not long after that…I couldn’t stop thinking about them. There are a good many characters in the read, however this tale would not be complete without a single one of them. Each individual is unique and has their own set of problems. The story would not work at all without each persons’ quirkiness. I am super amazed at this authors ability to pull in the reader and play on the emotions. 

I was on an airplane when I arrived at a real emotional part. I am not a crier. There have been a paltry amount of books that have made me cry. Let me tell you, if I had been at the end of this book at home, I would’ve been a basket case. Took me completely by surprise. 

The story is crass and sarcastic, but developed into an amazing read. One spot irked me a little and I hope someone catches it.  I am a pharmacist and the author misspelled a drug…I know minor, and yes, it is so minor. But, it is easily fixed and should have been caught. Xanax is not Zanax. OK! OFF SOAP BOX!

Now….go get this read today!! 
  



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Little Miss Somebody by Christy Lynn Abram – BOOK SPOTLIGHT 

  
Little Miss SomebodyBy Christy Lynn Abram

Genre: Coming of Age Fiction

 

Book Description

 

Fourteen-year-old Nikki’s world is turned upside down when her mother makes an impulsive move to Missouri. Having left everything she knew behind, Nikki is left to fend for herself from her mother’s vicious cycle of abuse and abandonment while living at her grandmother’s house amidst her mother’s drug addicted siblings. Feeling unloved and more than ever like a burden, Nikki seeks to find a missing piece to the puzzle of her life- her father. Along the way, she unravels more layers of family abuse and pain causing her to feel helpless. But she won’t give up. Not yet, Not Nikki. Not until she finds what she is looking for. Will Nikki find the love she so desperately needs?

 

Blurb One Liner: Feeling unloved and more than ever like a burden, Nikki seeks to find a missing piece to the puzzle of her life- her father. Along the way, she unravels more layers of family abuse and pain causing her to feel helpless. 

 

Author Bio: 

 

After enduring years of childhood abuse and struggling with depression and PTSD, Christy Lynn Abram embarked on a journey to self-healing using holistic wellness as her guide. Now, as a Wholistic Muse (guide to one’s self), author and creative entrepreneur, she teaches others how to live by design. Christy is trained in eight healing modalities, including: a Reiki, EFT, reflexology, massage therapy, and a crystal healer, all of which aided in her discovery of how to heal herself naturally. These life-changing skills also served as the foundation to helping others love themselves healthy. In her book Chakra Wellness: 7 Ways to Renew the Total she dives into the seven chakra centers from a mind-body-soul perspective. She has been recognized for her knowledge of the chakra system (by best-selling author of the Chakra Bible, Patricia Mercier), gemstone healing, and energy medicine. She contributes to several online publications on the subject of holistic healing and offers talks and insightful guidance to encourage others on their journey toward a better, fuller life. Although Christy has faced adversity in her life, she continues to see the world in a myriad of color and squiggly lines. In 2014, Christy decided to pursue her lifelong dream of being an interior designer. She is now the founder and principal designer at Happy Buddha Interiors, a full service design boutique, which applies a holistic approach to interior design. In her latest release, Little Miss Somebody, Christy wears her heart on her sleeve and delivers a poignant tale of love and sacrifice. Christy’s other activities include partnering with Pongo for Teen Writing, a Seattle based non-profit organization that offers expressive writing to teens who are in jail, homeless, or leading difficult lives. To learn more about Christy and her mission visitwww.christylynnabram.com.  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorchristylynnabram 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WholisticMuse

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Risen First Book of the Nameless Chronicle by M.T Miller – BOOK SPOTLIGHT 

  

OVERVIEW

In the middle of nowhere, a nameless individual rises from the dark. With barely any knowledge apart from how to speak and how to kill, he finds himself in a world gone mad. Worse off, nearly everything that moves is out for his blood. 

Not knowing where to turn, the wanderer traverses the desolate landscape of a ruined continent. Along his travels, his mind and body are pushed to their limits as he desperately tries to make sense of what has happened to the world, what he is, and why he exists. 

Foe after foe meets their end at his hands, yet each kill only serves to raise more questions. Is he even human? What has happened to the world? Where does his path lead? 

The answer lies beyond the blood-stained horizon.

About the Author 

  

 In order to deal with everyday boredom, M. T. Miller decided to give a voice to the horrors that lurk in his mind. Risen, his first work, is a celebration of things he likes: a grim atmosphere, witty dialogue, and eccentric characters. He lives with his fiancée, somewhere outside of what we perceive as civilization. He enjoys long talks, video games, and spending time up in the clouds.

Links

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Twitter: @MillerNameless

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The Achilles Heel by Karyn Rae

Annie Whitman’s ordinary
Midwest life is shattered with the sudden death of her husband Jack.
Thirty-five and failing at life as a widow, she turns to the comforts of vodka
in an attempt to camouflage the cold sheets of an empty bed. The necessary
inebriation helps her to cope with Jack’s death, but proves to be a deterrent
in recovering any sense of normalcy. After spending several months at the
bottom of a bottle, Annie stumbles upon a lockbox in the crawl space of her basement.
Opening this box also opens her eyes to the likelihood that Jack Whitman might
not have been the honest and doting man she married. 

Annie
embarks on a mission to the Virgin Islands to uncover the truth about her
husband’s past and seek safety from her brother-in-law, who seems to be the
captain of his own sinking ship. While settling into paradise, she meets the
wickedly handsome, but surprisingly reserved Kessler Carlisle, who is
struggling with his retirement from country music superstardom. With Kessler’s
help, Annie discovers the heart’s uncanny ability to heal, and the possibility
that dead men don’t always keep their secrets-even if they’re buried in the
Caribbean waters of St. Croix. 

The
Achilles Heel delves into the formidable fact that everyone harbors darkness,
and some will go to the depths of the ocean to keep their secrets hidden. 



Author Bio:

Karyn Rae is an emerging Romantic-Suspense author. Her debut novel, The Achilles Heel was released in May 2014. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, and the Columbia Chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild. Karyn resides in Missouri with her husband, son, daughter, and chocolate lab- Augusta Mae.
The first part of Karyn’s life was spent in the South, and the last fifteen years have played out in the Midwest, but she’s still holding on to a shred of her Southern roots. She is a wife, mother, daughter, and sister who has made it her mission in life to carve out a career for herself, while keeping the husband and the children happy.


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Review 

Annie’s husband has been killed in a car crash. She soon begins to question many aspects of his life. This leads her to find a new man in her life. She is finally happy and very content. Then, her late  husband comes back to life and tears apart what she has worked so hard to build. 

Jack is a tough guy but is extremely selfish….needless to say he is not my favorite character. Annie’s new man is Kessler and I just fell in love with him. They have a great, intense romance that helps her to heal and grow.  

I loved the mysterious aspect of this read. The hunt, so to speak, to find the truth. It really kept me turning pages.  

A quick, intense read. 

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Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

  
OVERVIEW

Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this powerful debut novel reveals an incredible story of love, redemption, and terrible secrets that were hidden for decades.

 New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939—and then sets its sights on France.

An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspecting neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences.

For the ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life. Once hired, though, she finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power. 

The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents—from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland—as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten. 

In Lilac Girls, Martha Hall Kelly has crafted a remarkable novel of unsung women and their quest for love, freedom, and second chances. It is a story that will keep readers bonded with the characters, searching for the truth, until the final pages.

REVIEW

Three women, three different experiences. 

I love how this book is designed. Each girl has a chapter. So, you go from Caroline, the New York socialite, to Herta, the German doctor, to Kasia, the polish prisoner. The reader has three different perspectives.  The feelings and circumstances expressed through each character carry the reader through multiple events, ordeals and emotions. 
I was absolutely hooked on the very first word. First of all, this is my favorite time period to read.  The setting had me hooked from the blurb. However, the characters and their experiences are what kept me so absorbed. There are so many aspects to this novel, I don’t even know where to begin. The love of Caroline, the guilt of Kasia and Herta….I don’t even know what to say about her. I hated her, but her circumstances left her no choice, until  the end of the novel and I hated her all over again. 

If I could give this novel 10,000 stars, I would!!! This is a must read!!!! 
I received this novel from Netgalley for an honest review. 
  


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Riot a 1960s Love Story by Charles S. Isaacs- BOOK SPOTLIGHT 

  
OVERVIEW

Two young lovers find each other just as the Vietnam War, the Antiwar Movement, and the Black Power Movement near their explosive peaks. Excitement, danger and heartache lie ahead. 

It’s September 1967. Steve Harris – white, idealistic, naïve — begins his freshman year. During that year, he will fight to end the war, fall in love, confront painful truths about his family, and be jailed and beaten by police. Through this crucible, he emerges with a transformed consciousness, of the world and of himself. 

His awakening begins with a rousing antiwar speech delivered by Emma Gold, a Depression-era radical. When Emma introduces him to young Cat Crawford — inter-racial, brilliant and exotically beautiful – his bewitching is complete. The two students’ instant friendship blossoms before long into a passionate love affair. Their bond is tested, though, by the mounting demands of the times, and by their own deep-seated psychological issues.

 1968 is marked by campus unrest, urban rebellion, assassinations, and political violence that leads the two into clashes with the Chicago Police and the National Guard. The story builds to a heartrending climax during the street battles surrounding the Democratic National Convention. 

This is a complex, fast-paced journey on an emotional roller coaster, punctuated by flashes of self-discovery and bursting with political and sexual passions.

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

  

CHARLES S. ISAACS has been a schoolteacher, college professor, social activist, community organizer, financial analyst, real estate consultant, gambler, Congressional aide, storyteller and occasional journalist. His undergraduate studies were in Mathematics (LIU-Brooklyn), after which he attended the University of Chicago Law School, living on the city’s South Side, when and where this story is set. His later graduate work was in the Social Sciences, earning an M.A. (New School for Social Research) and a Ph.D. (The Union Institute & University). His most recent book is the award-winning Inside Ocean Hill-Brownsville: A Teacher’s Education, 1968-69.

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Dream Killer by Mike Baldwin plus GIVEAWAY!

  

Dream Killer

By Mike Baldwin

Genre: Mystery 

Book Description

To fulfill her friend’s dream, legendary sports agent Veronica Townsend has constructed a kids’ summer camp where baseball hero John Jensen was raised on a farm in Burlington, Kansas. Camp Dream Catcher, though, is in danger of shutting down after a lifeguard is murdered. With cancellations pouring in, Veronica must solve the mystery in a desperate attempt to keep the camp open. 

Veronica adores her loyal assistant, Missy Sykes, the camp’s bookkeeper, a lonely, single woman born and raised in Queens. Missy is committed to assisting her boss in an attempt to keep open a camp that awards “free scholarships” to inner-city kids that normally couldn’t afford the fee.

Ashley Webb, the camp’s co-director, has taken a sabbatical from her job in Omaha to oversee the camp’s day-to-day operations. Since evidence reveals the killer most likely is on the camp’s staff, Ashley is concerned Veronica is in denial the camp needs to shut down until law enforcement officials uncover the person responsible for shooting the handsome lifeguard.

Reggie Gordon, the camp’s other co-director, is a former African American Major League Baseball star, who vows to help Veronica. Because he grew up in the projects in Chicago, Reggie sees the benefits of a camp that caters to inner-city kids.

When additional problems surface, it appears Veronica has no choice but to shut down the camp, in part because she made some risky financial decisions to open ahead of schedule. Veronica, though, is resolute the camp will not shut down so she can honor John Jensen, “the kindest man I’ve ever met.”

 

Review 

Veronica has some sleuthing to do! When a murder occurs at her summer camp, her camp is in danger of closing. She must solve this quickly to keep her camp open. 

Veronica is determined to keep this camp from closing, through many trials and tribulations. This camp offers wonderful opportunities to inner city kids to help keep their dream alive and to keep them out of trouble. 

Veronica is a strong woman and refuses to be stopped. Needless to say, she really appealed to me. I love a secure, solid woman character and usually male writers miss the mark. This one was spot on! 

Mr. Baldwin really knows how to spin a mystery. And the way he incorporates legacy, honor and values through out the book is exceptional. 

 I cannot wait to read more of his novels.   

On a side note….not a huge fan of the cover….don’t let that stop you from reading! 

I received this novel from the author for a honest review. 
Author Bio

  

 A former sportswriter, Mike Baldwin has transitioned to becoming a full-time novelist who specialists in mysteries that feature female lead characters; classic whodunits that appeal to mystery fans of all ages and gender.

His niche is fast-paced stories about dynamic female lead characters involved in plots packed with twists and turns, capped by surprise endings. Sprinkling in humor, Mike injects thought-provoking elements to introduce readers to new experiences while they’re being entertained by a fun story.

Mike’s favorite author is John Grisham because of his unique storytelling skills. He enjoys a well-written mystery whether it’s a page-turning novel or TV shows like Law & Order, Monk, Cold Case and Major Crimes. His favorite current series is “Suits,” simply because of the crisp, engaging dialogue. Mike’s only pet peeve is he believes many quality TV shows and commercials feature outstanding writing that rarely get the attention it deserves.

During his newspaper career, Mike covered Super Bowls and Final Fours, interviewed countless Hall of Fame athletes and coaches and was blessed his career allowed him to see the country. He attended games in 80 of the 90 NFL stadiums, NBA arenas and Major League Baseball stadiums, plus visited more than fifty college campuses.

The highlight of his career was when he wrote daily stories as a beat writer for The Oklahoman, the Oklahoma City newspaper. For seven years, he covered owner Jerry Jones’ team during the Barry Switzer era when the Cowboys were led by future NFL Hall of Famers Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin and Deion Sanders.

Mike was humbled and honored last year when he was inducted into the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Hall of Fame (class of 2015).

 

DREAM KILLER eBook can be purchased at the following:

 

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Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/49480134-mike-baldwin  

Find the Author Online: 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BeatBaldwin

Website: http://mikebaldwinbooks.com/  

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