Book Review: The Troublemaker Next Door by Marie Harte

The Troublemaker Next Door (The McCauley Brothers, #1)The Troublemaker Next Door by Marie Harte

  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (June 3, 2014)
  • Publication Date: June 3, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    A Peek at My Collection of Antique Books

    There is one thing that I absolutely love, and that is books.  Old books, new books, hardback, and paperback. My dearest love is my collection of antique readers and story books. I have one bookcase devoted to them. Today, I took them down lovingly, one by one and took their pictures.  Some are faded and their color lacking, others you can see the original colors and the images inside.  I am not a professional with the camera, so these might not be the best quality photos, but they serve their purpose.  So without further ado, I present, shelf one of my antique book collection.


    These first two books are some of my oldest. One is a phonetic’s book from 1855  and the other is a Children’s Reading Primer published in 1935.



    My two Frank Baum books, just make me happy and smile when I look at them. So detailed and so colorful.  This copy of The Wizard of Oz  was published in 1956 and The Land of Oz The Further Adventures of The Scarecrow and the Tin Woodsman was published in 1960.  Again, prized possessions.


    This is the Jules Verne Book that led to The Castaways of the flag first published in 1923 in England.  This is the later adventures of the Swiss Family Robinson. This edition was published in 1924.  It has the original cloth binding with the attached front cover illustration. If I only had the dust Jacket.



    This textbook is from the Alabama public school system and was a music book for children in the primary grades. Published in 1964.


    This colorful reader is from 1960 and was issued to the school children in Kentucky.  It is filled with barnyard animal stories and other short stories to fire the young reader’s imagination.


    The final book is from 1941 and was issued to school age children to promote good health. They learned about teeth, posture, how the muscles work, how the ears work,  and exercise.

    Hope you enjoyed wandering through my bookcase and seeing my special books. Perhaps I will share more another day. There are three more shelves filled to the brim. Let me know about your favorite books and send pictures. I love looking at the covers and illustrations of old books.





    Stolen (A Diana Hunter Mystery), by Alison Golden

    Stolen (A Diana Hunter Mystery Book 3)Stolen by Alison Golden

  • Print Length: 206 pages
  • Publication Date: July 27, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01J93ZCEC
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    My Review:

    I love Diana Hunter and this book did not disappoint. This was my third book featuring that genius and delightful Diana Hunter. That she was once again in contact with Peter was good news for me. Not so much for Diana. They have their issues. They are, however, willing to work together to solve this intriguing mystery. The mysterious theft was really ingeniously told. I loved the story, the mystery, and the hint of romance.

    I was so happy to receive this copy for review. It is such a good series and I can easily give my honest review. This book deserves the 5 hearts I gave it. I can not wait for another book about Diana Hunter to come out. Alison golden has brought this character so much life and such a wonderful back story. She is totally likable and yet she is no pushover.

    My Recommendation:

    I have enjoyed her through Hunted, Snatched and now Stolen. They can each be read as standalone​, but why not get to know her better by reading them all.

    Where to Find Stolen:

    This mystery and suspenseful book is available in Kindle and paperback. You can purchase by clicking the links below.

    Book Review: Haematemesis, by Henry G. Sheppard

    Haematemesis: How One Man Overcame a Fear of Things Medical and Learned to Navigate His Way Around HospitalHaematemesis: How One Man Overcame a Fear of Things Medical and Learned to Navigate His Way Around Hospital by Henry G. Sheppard

  • Print Length: 69 pages
  • Publication Date: June 18, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01HANLX32
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Review: Environmentally Friendly, by Elias Zanbaka

    Environmentally FriendlyEnvironmentally Friendly by Elias Zanbaka
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Shaefer helps people fight their enemies, with the assistance of the police a medical team and a one man war. This thriller, a suspenseful book was compelling and intense and only 19 pages long. The exercise was masterfully written.

    This was not what I expected when I was asked to review this book. It is a short story, but a short story that packs a wallop. Great unique plot with the intensity that many books never reach. Great Story Elias.

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    Book Review: Miriamne The Magdala, by J. B. Richards

    Miriamne the Magdala (Yeshua and Miri #1)Miriamne the Magdala by J.B. Richards

  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris (March 16, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1503548422
  • ISBN-13: 978-1503548428
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Memories… Misty Water-Colored Memories of Arizona

    I wrote this in 2011 and Arizona Highways published it on their website. I wanted to share it again.

    Arizona Highways

    You never know what’ll pop up when you plug in “Arizona Highways” in Google… in this case, a blog post by Vicki Goodwin was the winning hit. Ms. Goodwin wrote about her grandmother’s stack of Arizona Highways that sat on her coffee table, and the pictures each issue painted in her mind about this far away place…  you see, Ms. Goodwin lived in Alabama.

    I think we said it best in our August 2011, Best of AZ, issue: “People like to complain. About their jobs, their neighbors, their lot in life. People like to complain about Arizona, too. It’s too hot, it’s too dry, it’s too this, it’s too that. Admittedly, Arizona isn’t perfect — no place is. Nevertheless, there’s a lot that’s right with Arizona”

    Thank you Ms. Goodwin for sharing your memories.

    Revisiting the Arizona Highways

    My grandmother, Mama Kate, always had copies of the magazine Arizona…

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