The Dance of the Spirits by Catherine Aerie

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Overview

Spring 1951: it is the fiery zenith of the Korean War, a war that the youthful US Army lieutenant Wesley Palm and his men thought that they had won … until the Chinese swept across the Yalu River. Traveling with the million-man army bent on driving back the march of “American imperialism” is Jasmine Young, a Chinese surgeon who has volunteered herself into the war for unspoken, grave reasons. Through a chronicle of merciless battles, freezing winter, and the brutality and hypocrisy of human nature, the two will find themselves weaving through the twist and turns of fate and destiny, where an unquenchable passion, a resilient pursuit of liberty, and an inherent dignity light the darkness against the vast sky of a warring world and of nation and cultures that stand shattered and divided by the same forces that unify them.

Review

The cruelty of war always amazes me. Jasmine, the female Chinese surgeon, has some very real experiences that are tragic and terrifying. The story is graphic in places, just as war is. A really true to form novel.

The story tends to jump around quite a bit and has a few rough spots. But, it is very well researched with some wonderful, strong characters.

I have not read many books about the Korean War. So, this story was really fascinating. Get your copy today!!

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Author Bio

Catherine Aerie, a graduate from the University of California, Irvine with a master degree in finance. She was inspired to write “The Dance of the Spirits” while researching a family member’s role in the Korean War, deciding to revive an often neglected and overlooked setting in fiction and heighten the universality of resilient pursuit of love and liberty. Her debut novel was finished after about two years of research. She currently resides in southern California.
Website: http://www.catherineaerie.com

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Uninhibited by Melody Grace TEASER POST

Beachwood Bay Series by Melody Grace
Beachwood Bay #3.5
You can be anyone for a night…

Alicia isn’t the kind of girl to kiss a total stranger up against the wall — no matter how devastatingly sexy he is. But reeling from a broken heart, she runs straight into the arms of Dex Callahan: rock star, bad boy, and the most seductive man she’s ever known.

Dex is looking for distraction, at any price. The innocent redhead is just what he needs to keep his demons at bay — but one taste of her sweetness isn’t enough. He needs to possess her, body and soul.

Two searching hearts. One night to discover the passion of a lifetime. Dex is determined to show Alicia the pleasure she’s been denied, but can she let go of her heartache and take a risk on the unknown? Find out in the sizzling new novella from USA Today bestselling author, Melody Grace!

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Christmas in August

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This picture did not turn out too well. And to be honest, too lazy to retake…but you get the drift.

I used spellbinders dies. I also added silver sprinkles.

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Hostage: Kidnapped on the High Seas by Linda Davies

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Overview

Known for her powerful female protagonists who refuse to back down in the face of evil, New York Times bestselling author Linda Davies somehow found herself in a situation that could have been ripped from the pages of one of her thrillers.

In 2005, Linda was living happily with her family in Dubai. Ever the adventurer, she was on the maiden voyage of her new catamaran alongside her husband when the boat’s captain unknowingly sailed into sharply contested waters in the Strait of Hormuz, off the coast of Iran. Soon the trio were surrounded by gun boats and boarded by armed Iranian militants.

Over the next two weeks Linda was held hostage by one of the most feared regimes in the world, with no reason to expect anything but the worst. The story of her imprisonment and harrowing escape, which she has worked so hard in the past to forget, is told in candid and shocking detail. Crackling with tension, it is also laced through with black humor and insight. Iran is perhaps the most hated and the least understood country in modern society and Linda’s account gives a rare, illuminating glimpse into the realities of the oppressive regime.

Review

I cannot imagine how I would feel if kidnapped and held by Iranian intelligence. The fear would be so substantial and paralyzing. Linda Davies shares her experience and more in this wonderful book.

Davies, her husband Rupert and the captain of their vessel are captured by Iranian intelligence when their boat accidentally travels into Iranian waters. They are interrogated for 10 days at a house on an Iranian naval base. The tension and fear they experience are tremendous.

This is a dark and realistic memoir. A quick intense read that is not to be missed.

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Author Bio

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Linda Davies is half Welsh, half Danish, or half Celt, half Viking, and loves myths, legends of warriors and the sea.

A graduate in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University, she worked for seven years an as investment banker in New York, London and Easter Europe before escaping to write novels. She grew up steeped in economics as both her late father, Professor Glyn Davies and her late brother, Professor John Davies, were economists. Like them, she believes that economics is more art than science and she particularly enjoys delving into the emotions of markets and market makers, both the honest (yes, they do exist!) and the fraudsters, many of whom remain invisible.

Her first Novel, Nest of Vipers, has been published in over thirty countries, selling over two million copies. It has also been optioned three times by major Hollywood studios.
Linda has written four more novels for adults which have all been published internationally; Wilderness of Mirrors, Into the Fire, Something Wild and Final Settlement. She is known for her portrayal of strong, independent and rebellious women in extreme situations.
Linda lived in Peru for three years, and in the Middle East for eight years, during which time she was kidnapped by Iranian government forces and held hostage for two weeks in Iran. After UK government intervention, she was freed.

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One of Us by Tawni O’Dell

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Overview

From the New York Times bestselling author of Back Roads comes a fast-paced literary thriller about a forensic psychologist forced to face his own demons after discovering his small hometown terrorized by a serial killer.

Dr. Sheridan Doyle—a fastidiously groomed and TV-friendly forensic psychologist—is the go-to shrink for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office whenever a twisted killer’s mind eludes other experts. But beneath his Armani pinstripes, he’s still Danny Doyle, the awkward, terrified, bullied boy from a blue-collar mining family, plagued by panic attacks and haunted by the tragic death of his little sister and mental unraveling of his mother years ago.

Returning to a hometown grappling with its own ghosts, Danny finds a dead body at the infamous Lost Creek gallows where a band of rebellious Irish miners was once executed. Strangely, the body is connected to the wealthy family responsible for the miners’ deaths. Teaming up with veteran detective Rafe, a father-like figure from his youth, Danny—in pursuit of a killer—comes dangerously close to startling truths about his family, his past, and himself.

In this masterfully told psychological thriller in the vein of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, the past and present collide to put Lost Creek’s long-lived ghosts to bed.

Review

What an intriguing read!! From the historical gallows, to the coal mines, the rich history of the mining town of Lost Creek is enthralling. The details of the town are so well done. The reader can picture the small houses and feel the desolation.

The characters are all different and just make the story so much more compelling. With a psychopath and a forensic psychologist narrating, how could it not be page turner. I was hooked from the first word.

4 out of 5 stars

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The Man Test by Amanda Aksel

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Overview

Marin Johns is San Francisco’s Pollyanna couples therapist. She’s months away from
wedded bliss when she discovers her fiancé is having an affair. After nursing her
broken heart with Kleenex and break-up songs, she adopts a new brand of thinking
when she uncovers a tell-all book that proves all men are liars and cheaters who will
do and say anything so they’re not found out. No exceptions.
In an attempt to convince her friends of her newfound truth, she begins a fictitious
relationship with James, a do-gooder from Montana. Marin seeks any means
necessary to catch him cheating from hiring a PI to enlisting the help of a fidelity
tester. Will her new “boyfriend” beat the statistic or will Marin regret the satisfaction
of being right?

Review

This book hit the spot. I have been reading some heavy material lately and I needed a good Chick book.

I enjoyed Marin’s attempt to prove ALL men cheat. She just chose the wrong man to prove it on. And believe me, Marin’s attempts fail—not for lack of trying. From the PI to the fidelity tester, she just cannot prove James is a cheater.

The story was a little predictable in places and needed a better editor. But, I thoroughly enjoyed all of Marin’s escapades to trap James.

This novel has a little bit of everything, friendship, romance, and especially heartbreak. It is an actual ride you don’t want to miss.

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About

Elena
Amanda Aksel
AMANDA (ah-MAHN-dah)- Latin- Meaning lovable or worthy of love. Fitting. I’ve
always had an affinity for love. Being born in sunny San Diego in the mid 80’s to a
young military couple gave me plenty of insight into the dynamics of a romantic
relationship. Somewhere between moving coasts every three years, I found myself
engrossed in fairytale romances and dressing up like a bride. My first real love was
writing. By my sophomore year in a new high school in Virginia, I had a slew of short
stories, songs, poems, and articles to my name. Writing was fun. It was a way to get
the emotions, dialogue, and pictures out of my head, and create a destiny for my
characters. I had no intention of making a career in writing, because it wasn’t what I
did, it was who I was. In reality, I wanted to be an actress. Ah, to be the face of
someone else’s authored story. The plan was to move in with my aunt in L.A. after
graduation, but had a change of heart. Instead, I stayed with my high school
sweetheart (now husband) and attended a film school in Norfolk, VA. It was at this
school that I discovered my love for writing screenplays and felt compelled to follow
that path. But…as the practical girl I was brought up to be, I decided to go to a real university. While working full time, I completed my BA in Psychology in four and a
half years. Becoming a couple’s therapist had always been my “backup” career and
there I was on my way to solving love’s most complicated quandaries one couple at a
time. With all my new free time after graduation, I decided to turn my full-length
screenplay into a novel in hopes it would help my screenplay sell. I think I was in the
middle of writing chapter two when I realized that everything I had ever written was
to prepare me for that moment when I knew I was a novelist. Talk about the
affirmation of my life. Now my plan is to solve love’s most complicated quandaries
one novel at a time.
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My grandparents heritage album

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I am adding layouts to my heritage album. Here is one I did several years ago.
The paper is Daisy D. I just inked and added the flowers.
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