In Divide By Zero, author Sheila Deeth looks at how the people we know or meet interact with each other. Does each life really affect others? Will wha...moreIn Divide By Zero, author Sheila Deeth looks at how the people we know or meet interact with each other. Does each life really affect others? Will what one person does really change what others do? And, as one of her characters says, “And then I wonder, in the end, what do we really know about anyone? The stories of life are littered with choices and decisions that are made, some influenced by others. We are all entwined together by a small sliver of string and things happen when that string is broken. How each of us react makes life that much more interesting. And who really knows what is going in each other’s mind? Is a son always going to be like his father? Will he do what his father does? How do you break the chain? Do you have to? Will the youngest daughter always be compared to the oldest one? What if they are so different and want different things from life? Why do parents want to interfere so much? Just what are those around you thinking about you? And if and when you get the point in your life when you don’t speak anymore, do people actually realize your mind still works? Divide By Zero is an interesting book. It explores how we all relate to each other from the minds of its characters. It is a hard read. I mean you must slow down and let the emotion of the book get absorbed into your brain. There are many characters and the author bounces from one to another so much that you have to really read what you’re reading. I found myself trying to remember who was who many times. But in the end, it all comes together. I’m not one to spoil a book. So you must read this compelling, suspenseful book on your own. I recommend it to anyone looking for a story that makes you think. This is not a sweet, innocent story, but one that everyone can relate to. It makes you realize that all people are who they are, “young and old, good and bad, all making their own decisions, all mixed together, served warm or cold, with a dash of human kindness holding the promise of mercy and hope. And that a boy doesn’t have to grow up to be his father after all.”
Ellen was growing tired of the self-centered people who profited greatly from her in general. Ellen Jackson was a self-made woma...moreGetting back to basics
Ellen was growing tired of the self-centered people who profited greatly from her in general. Ellen Jackson was a self-made woman. Starting back in the Virginia Mountains as a young girl she learned lessons from her Granny about helping others and supporting oneself. She worked hard and had made it to New York running her own business. Even though she is “rich” she saves every dime she makes because she never wants to have to move back to the mountains of her past … so she thinks. But then reality hits. Ellen suffers a major panic attack and everything in her world turns upside down. She turns over the day-to-day operations of her gigantic, successful business to her best friend, Missy, for ten days so she can rest. Missy is from Florida and sends Ellen there to stay with her husband. While in Florida Ellen returns to the nature she once loved as a child, but has totally forgotten as an adult. Walking along the ocean one day she runs into a local fisherman, Scruff Davis, and her life changes for the better. Not being one to spoil things, I will allow you the reader to experience the rest of this wonderful book yourself. What I will say is, the book conveys a great message of hope, dedication and loyalty. The story will take you on an emotional roller coaster and probably will allow those faint memories lost in the back of your mind to resurface at some time. This was a nice easy read—put together very well. I felt as though I was right next to the characters and living what they were. I found myself feeling the same thoughts for the people Ellen liked and the ones she hated. I recommend this book to anyone. I believe the message will resonate with all ages and both genders. Tom Williams has a winner here and I can’t wait to read more of his writings.
I just finished Multiple Sclerosis, an Enigma by Terry Crawford Palardy and am sitting at my desk in a fog. This heart-felt memoir of a person diagnos...moreI just finished Multiple Sclerosis, an Enigma by Terry Crawford Palardy and am sitting at my desk in a fog. This heart-felt memoir of a person diagnosed with MS and her battle to live a “normal” life has me re-thinking my own life.
The courage displayed, along with the confusion as to why, was portrayed brilliantly. As I read it, I felt like I was sitting with the author at a table or on a front porch, sharing a beverage, as she told me her story.
There were times I laughed and cried while in the pages of this book. It also took me back to the days when my grandparents were in the same situation … a different disease, but the same situations.
The author says, “Water doesn't try to choose a direction ... it just follows the water before it, rushing over the same rocks that were submerged in high water and exposed in drought last year, and ten years ago, and maybe fifty years ago. Nature is content to follow its established route. Only when man intervenes does the direction of the water have to change, finding and following new paths. Sometimes, the stream is strong enough to return to its own, natural path, to the dismay of those who had built in its original path.”
I take this to mean that nobody knows what is in store for them in this thing we call life. We can try to change the course of events by medicine or other things that the “professionals” prescribe, but the best things we can do is accept what fate delivers and deal with it in our own special way.
This book can help those diagnosed with diseases they don’t understand by letting them know they’re not alone. But at the same time, it can help those who are healthy by letting them into the “secret” life others may be in.
Jake Evans is just another convict on death row…or is he?
The story begins as “Jake” awaits his fate on death row. But a funny thing happens, he witne...moreJake Evans is just another convict on death row…or is he?
The story begins as “Jake” awaits his fate on death row. But a funny thing happens, he witnesses two other death row inmates being taken away and returned. That never happened in the past. You either stayed on death row or left and never returned…if you know what I mean.
Before his actual time comes up, he too is removed. Not one to be a spoiler, I will allow you, the reader, to experience his tale firsthand. I know you’ll feel his pain as he gets roughed up a bit…and doesn’t understand why. But in the end it all comes to him...as it will to you.
Kevin Hopson spins a tale of action, suspense and anticipation into this work of short fiction. I find myself wanting to read more of his writings…as I am sure you will too! “Early Release for Bad Behavior” is a great story, especially if you have only a small amount of time you want filled with something special. (less)
From the moment I finished the prologue I was hooked. The story of Kelsey and the Mormon way of life kept me interested page after page. Thw way the a...moreFrom the moment I finished the prologue I was hooked. The story of Kelsey and the Mormon way of life kept me interested page after page. Thw way the author uses fiction as a device to teach about real things impressed me. The back stories and the way she shifted from character to character, all without missing a beat, was fantastic. I recommend this to anyone, the story has something for everyone, no matter what genre you like. I find myself a fan of Natalie and will read anything she writes.(less)
I was a little taken aback when I opened the box which contained “Torn.” The first thing I saw was a sticker saying “Winner, Next Generation Indie Boo...moreI was a little taken aback when I opened the box which contained “Torn.” The first thing I saw was a sticker saying “Winner, Next Generation Indie Book Awards” and then I saw that the book was over 400 pages long. I figured I was in for some long dull reading…but was I wrong. From the time I read “A Note from the Author” and saw the words “If I had been successful in this task, I have created a place in which hearing these stories is as intimate and personal, as confusing and saddening, as the moments when these stories were first shared with me.” I was hooked. And author Amber Lehman didn’t fail. Krista is fourteen and new to Southern California, having moved from Ohio…a completely different world. From the time she stepped out of Our Holy Sisters private school and into Crestmount, her new public school in California things were extremely complicated for her…from the clothes she would have to wear to the fact that boys now were on campus. Not to mention, here she was a fourteen year old trying to find her place in the world without the constant supervision of a mom. Krista was being watched by her older brother while she was away on business. Being the new kid in school isn’t easy, (is anything when you’re a teenager?) Luckily Krista meets Carrie, who soon becomes her best friend. Carrie introduces her to Brandon, a dreamboat who all the girls adore, but does he feel the same? Along the way Krista also befriends Nick, Aeleise and Ryan. These friends, especially Carrie, Brandon and Krista, are typical teenagers. Or are they? Growing up is hard trying to figure out who and what you are. Throughout “Torn” the characters each take turns at figuring out their place in this world. We find out that Brandon is gay, but accepted by those who know—Carrie and Krista would never tell. Brandon acts as though he likes girls, even takes Krista to the Homecoming dance. That’s where things started to get confusing for Krista. Brandon and Krista, along with Carrie and Ryan decide to leave the dance early and end up drinking on the outskirts of town and to liven the evening up play an innocent game of ‘Truth or Dare.’ When she is dared to kiss Carrie, Krista not only does it, but finds out she likes it. It makes her feel things she never had before. As challenging as growing up is, when you don’t know your place it is even harder. These friends all experiment with drinking, drugs and sex as most adolescents do. Carrie and Krista think they like each other in ways neither ever thought about before meeting. Brandon, although swayed by the local boys, also agrees to be Krista’s first sexual encounter…and boy, that kind of stirs the pot. Krista believes she is falling in love with Daemon, the older brother of Aeleise and a Bible fanatic. “Torn” examines all these situations and reads like a dairy that Krista would write. It was an easy read, in fact a page turner. (The 400+ pages flipped very quickly) The experiences these friends share are unique, but are things that many teenagers will relate to. The underlying messages are that friends are there for you, even when you think they aren’t, that whatever we experience as we grow up will affect us in some way, and that people can, and will, change. In the words of Amber Lehman, “The world is a difficult place for children. Thank God we turn out as well as we do.” I recommend this book to anyone—early teens, so that they realize they are not alone in their search for self-discovery. To males and females—we all need someone to help us through at one time or another. And to adults—not only to see what today’s teens think about and have to deal with, but to relive some of what they did back when they were younger. It was a great way to spend a few nights, I am truly grateful that I read this book. And I’m sure you will be, too!
In “Secret Agenda” author Jerry Banks introduces the reader to his lawyer extraordinaire Barry O’Shea. Barry, along with his wife Sarah and their help...moreIn “Secret Agenda” author Jerry Banks introduces the reader to his lawyer extraordinaire Barry O’Shea. Barry, along with his wife Sarah and their helper Becky all work for the law offices of Swift, Wyman & Wiggens. And Barry gets the most interesting and challenging cases. The case this time involves an Indian mystic named Shabdung and his followers, the Nagawangeesh and a simple libel case they file against a local newspaper editor. But is it so simple…? Early on in his dealings with the Nagawangeesh people, O’Shea gets the idea that they have much more going on than meets the eye. With help from a private investigator named Pam Hall and the editor mentioned before, Lyndon Sewell, O’Shea and his team get the scoop on the cult and their intentions. To me, the stories of the Nagawangeesh, how they were formed, how they migrated to the United States from Germany and how they attempt to establish a foothold in the U.S. was the most interesting part of the book. The details which Banks uses when describing the background information of the cult, the reasons why they cult was formed and the meeting that take place between the leaders of the cult really keep the book flowing very well. Although the court scenes have their place, they seemed to read as most court cases do--what with surprise witnesses, altercations between lawyers and a judge who doesn’t take any funny business from anyone. That being said the last chapter still has you turning the pages faster than you can to see the outcome. All in all, “Secret Agenda” was a very enjoyable read. It would appeal to any reader regardless of their genre preference. There is enough of everything in it to keep everyone pleased. I would recommend this book, and the series that should evolve, to anyone who likes to read a book from an unknown author who shouldn’t be unknown that much longer.
As the author of “Sensitivity 101 for the Heterosexual Male” I continue to use the lessons that the females of my life taught me. One of those lessons...moreAs the author of “Sensitivity 101 for the Heterosexual Male” I continue to use the lessons that the females of my life taught me. One of those lessons was—Girls remember and cherish the small things that they experience. This thought is echoed throughout MommyBest: 13 Inspirational Lessons Derek & Dylan’s Mom (and maybe yours) Never Learned in School. Not that motherhood should be considered a “small thing.” Donna Scrima-Black has written a self-help book for new moms which reaches out to females (and some males) that incorporates her memories, her feelings and her love of family into a very quick to read, feel good about yourself book. Throughout the 13 lessons she mixes remembrances of her own that help the reader relate to said lesson. And after each lesson there is a reflection page so you can write down your own thoughts and memories. I really connected with Donna as she related a story in lesson 12 about the holidays and her grandmother. I was very skeptical when I started to read this book written for females…but that thought was wiped out very quickly. The connection I felt with Donna was evident. It was like we were seated across from each other, sipping on a hot beverage and she was telling me the story of her “boys…my joys.” Even though men may not admit that they have feelings and probably couldn’t write a book like this, I think they should read this one. It gives an insight into how a women feels before becoming a mom, what they have to “give up” becoming a mom and more importantly how they feel after becoming a mom. I also found that this could be a great way for an experienced mom or grandmother to re-live those days of yesteryear. By using the reflection pages, you have a family history of each birth, somewhat like a scrapbook. Any man would learn a great deal and should have a renewed sense of appreciation for their spouse after reading this. I am grateful for what my wife went through as we became parents and by reading this book I have a better understanding of why. This would make a great gift for any woman who is contemplating pregnancy or as a shower gift after she is pregnant, or how about a fantastic Mother’s Day gift for moms or grand moms alike. I also recommend that both the husband and wife should read this together and discuss the upcoming changes that will occur in their life or to revive the feelings they had during that time. And remember as Donna says, (not that she is the first) “Life goes by fast…learn to enjoy it.”
Nick Donovan had it all—the wife of his dreams, a big house, a career he loved—but they all left him one day when he arrived home early to find his wi...moreNick Donovan had it all—the wife of his dreams, a big house, a career he loved—but they all left him one day when he arrived home early to find his wife in bed with his best friend. What will he do when fate steps in and changes his life forever? Sometimes fate has a surprise in store for you and Nick will find this out, but not before his life bottoms out. He is mad at the world, at his ex-wife Shelley in particular, and wallows for a time in self pity. Moving across the state to “find himself” he instead finds Brandy Alexander, named by her father in honor of the alcoholic drink. She is just like the drink--a little sweet, easy on the eyes and an addiction Nick can’t get enough of. As Nick and Brandy begin a relationship that neither really was looking for, Shelley throws a monkey wrench in their plans. Her baby, who she hoped her new boyfriend was the father of, is actually Nick’s. Nick didn’t want to be a father this way. He always planned on a family, but not on a short term basis. Instead of thinking about his daughter first, he is hell-bent on torturing Shelley. As he slowly changes his tune and begins to truly love his daughter, Brandy changes too…unfortunately for the worst. Money issues, the love of excitement and smoking weed lead to bigger and more dangerous drugs and adventures. As fate sometime does, it leads Brandy and Nick on two separate paths…although the relationship continues. Lies and difference of opinions take the place of the daily sex Nick and Brandy share. As Nick matures and grows up living his life for his daughter, Brandy, thinking she is doing the right thing, continues on the path of self destruction. Not wanting to be a spoiler, that’s where I’ll stop. Just know that fate happens to all of us, but also remember, like Nick says, “Sometimes fate needs a push.” And that all the characters eventually get exactly what they deserve. Fast paced, interesting characters that are so lifelike that you are sure you know them, and a believably written plot and back story makes “Miami Snow” a must read. Whether you like mystery, suspense, self-help or even romance genres, this has it all.
Alex Covington, successful lawyer, owner of only the best and most expensive clothing has the respect and admiration of the whole town and then some....moreAlex Covington, successful lawyer, owner of only the best and most expensive clothing has the respect and admiration of the whole town and then some. His business is thriving, he has the world in his hands, and his image can never be tarnished…or can it? They say everyone has skeletons in their closets and is hiding something. Can it be true that Alex has this hidden side too…does he have something he wants to keep quiet? Unfortunately his wife, Kara and children, Stephen and Lauren don’t see the man as everyone else does. There is no respect, no admiration, and no love between them. Instead they are witness to a physical abuser of his wife and a verbal abuser of the kids. He berates them, makes them do things a father normally wouldn’t do and manipulates them whenever he can for his own well being. Who or what can help them regain their self esteem? Love can help the pains we have disappear or at least become bearable, so I’ve heard. Leave it to a chance meeting of Lauren and Jesse to change the course of events in all of the lives concerned. Jesse, an ex-employee of Alex, doesn’t know everything, but has an inkling of the type of man Alex really is. When he falls for Lauren, he gets to experience for himself the wrath of Alex. Great characters, an easy to follow plot with enough twists and turns to keep you reeling and an ending that all can enjoy makes Enemies and Playmates a great read. In fact, I read it in one seating. Author Darcia Helle makes reading suspense an adventure not to be missed. (less)
In Anno Domina, a newly elected governor named Damien Driver wrestles over whether or not to overturn the execution of a woman, Estephania Rodriguez,...moreIn Anno Domina, a newly elected governor named Damien Driver wrestles over whether or not to overturn the execution of a woman, Estephania Rodriguez, la Hermana de Jesus, as she was dubbed by her followers, after being found guilty of the crime of treason. La Hermana de Jesus means “the Sister of Jesus” in Spanish. He has only twenty-four hours to decide her fate.
After reading through mountains of files, he meets Father Joe and Bishop DeMarco, who both try to persuade him what to do by offering their differing opinions. Estephania has her followers, called Adherentes, who also try to make a non-story in the town into a major one.
This is a book that had me turning the pages as fast as I could. I was hooked as soon as I started reading and couldn’t put the book down. I felt a connection with each of the main characters, understanding their point of view and agreeing with each of their points. The tremendous pressure on the governor, the way Father Joe feels after hearing Estephania talk, the strength in conviction the Adherentes have in their belief that she is truly the Sister of Jesus, and the twists and turns in the plot kept my interest until the end.
I’m not one for spoiling a book, so all I will say is that you must read this. Whatever your religious upbringing is, this book brings to light the question “What would happen if Jesus, or His Sister, came to your town today?”
How would you react? How about those around you? Are there demons among us? Can you believe in something when there are no proven facts? These are the questions the characters ask themselves and each other. I recommend this book. Another gifted “unknown” author who really needs to be known. (less)