Audiobook Review: Portraits of the Dead, by John Nicholl

Portraits of the DeadPortraits of the Dead by John Nicholl

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: (August 19, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1786972670
  • ISBN-13: 978-1786972675
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Book Review: An Affair to Remember, by Norma Budden

    An Affair to Remember (Freedom in Love #1)An Affair to Remember by Norma Budden

    • Print Length: 166 pages
    • Publisher: Norma Budden; 2013 – 2 edition (September 17, 2011)
    • Publication Date: September 17, 2011
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B005NWQ5E0



    My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Getting Rather Excited about the Season of the Christmas Novel!

    About this time every year a favorite occurrence happens.  Christmas books come out for me to read. Last year I read about 45 during the Christmas season. It was wonderful. It might not have been snowing in Kentucky, but there were plenty of blizzards in many small towns across the genre.

    There were wishes, hopes, magic, Santa’s, and really cute families, all coming together with love and the spirit of the season.  Oh, yes! I am ready to start all over again, with a fresh new batch of Christmas novels. This is the season for the time travel, Christmas novels, mail order bride, Christmas novellas, second chances at love, Christmas stories, Returning home to find an old love waiting, Christmas tales, and new twists on the Santa Legend. Whatever the setting, I am ready with my hot chocolate and my notepad. Let’s get ready for some holiday reviews.

    So here is wishing you all a happy Halloween and a joyous welcome to the Christmas novel season. I have already picked up a few to get me started.  If you have any favorites, then comment below, I will attempt to find it and get it on the read list. As always December will include Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol, The Polar Express,  and The Night before Christmas. There are some things you just have to do to  make the season bright.

    Enjoy November, I will be reading and reviewing as I participate in NanoWriMo.

    Book Review: Forbidden Birth, by William Rubin

    Forbidden Birth: A Chris Ravello Medical ThrillerForbidden Birth: A Chris Ravello Medical Thriller by William Rubin

  • Series: A Chris Ravello Medical Thriller (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Crystal Vision Creations (July 20, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 099759490X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0997594904
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Halloween Party Update

    I said I was going as a dragon, I did just that. I am not an artist or a guru with makeup. I said I would post pictures of Beau and I costumed as dragons. So here we are.  He makes a much better stegosaurus than a dragon so he became the StegoSteed. As a mighty steed, he doubled as the horse for the headless horseman. Beau is a Renaissance dog.  


    Beau, defeated along with his headless horseman rider by the Viking attack:


    I hope your Halloween events are as much fun as ours was.  The Viking won for 1st place children’s costume and The Cat in the Hat won 1st place adult. 


    Thanks to everyone that attended the party. It was a wonderful evening. I counted 31 people and almost all of them were in costume. Besides Dragons and Vikings and Cat in the Hat, we had the Gorton’s Fisherman, A Deatheater, A ladybug, A Dinosaur rider, A hunter and his deer, A baby cat, a pirate, a Minecraft character,  a gnome, a Raichu, and a fairy. What a fun time! I look forward to next years party. All the new costumes and great friends. We sure missed you guys that weren’t able to make it.

    gortons raichu

    Happy Halloween!


    Book Review: New Release: Cream Puff Murder, by Sandi Scott

    Cream Puff Murder: A Seagrass Sweets Cozy Mystery (Book 1)Cream Puff Murder: A Seagrass Sweets Cozy Mystery by Sandi Scott

  • Print Length: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Gratice Press (October 21, 2016)
  • Publication Date: October 21, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M0573XA
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Book Review: Temporarily in Love, by Lou Kennedy

    Temporarily in Love: a romantic comedy novellaTemporarily in Love: a romantic comedy novella by Lou Kennedy

  • Print Length: 136 pages
  • Publication Date: September 14, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M04RDEW
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Free Kindle Version of 31 Days of October through October 31st.

    33 Spooky, chilling, curious, ghostly, funny, horrifying, yet family friendly stories from 23 various writers. All for free this weekend. Grab your copy today. Just follow the link, sit back and get in a Halloween frame of mind!  Happy reading! 

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    Book Review: Building Mr. Darcy, by Ashlinn Craven

    Building Mr. DarcyBuilding Mr. Darcy by Ashlinn Craven

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Crimson Romance (September 22, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440592810
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440592812
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Two Lovely New Amazon Reviews for The Path of the Child


    Today a new review was submitted to Amazon and Goodreads for The Path of the Child, and it meant so much for me to read it.  Thank you for the wonderful uplifting review. It touches my heart to hear that Melanie’s  life and actions were recognized in the spirit in which they were meant.

    5.0 out of 5 stars What a nice surprise!, October 26, 2016
    Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    This review is from: The Path of the Child (Kindle Edition)
    I am so glad a friend encouraged me to read this. It’s not my normal genre, but this book appealed to me from the moment I was introduced to Melanie. The author does a great job in generating genuine compassion for her main character, something that is easier said than done.

    Throughout the book, we see the things that make Melanie who she is, but more importantly – what she does about them. No spoilers here, but I hope others will enjoy this story of friendship, hope, and the power of the human spirit.

    I am boistered by people that say kind and rewarding things about the words I use and the people I create.  That makes the journey worthwhile.  I can truly say I have learned something about myself with each review, and I appreciate every one of them.

    September 10th another review was posted. I missed sharing this review.  What a rewarding review this was.  Thank you both for your reviews, you have my gratitude.

    4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet uplifting story, September 10, 2016
    This review is from: The Path of the Child (Paperback)
    The path of a child was the first book I’ve read by Sojourner McConnel and I enjoyed this sweet story.

    We read about the life of seventeen year old melanie and are pulled into her life and the struggles and fears of a hard childhood from a troubled home.

    Not only do we see this story through Melanie’s eyes but we also get a look at all the people on her life. The unique writing brings a story from all perspectives giving us an emotional tale with a hopeful ending.

    This is a wonderful uplifting YA story but certainly an adult read as well. Melanie and rob were sweet and adorable. A good friendship developing Into more.

    Great read.