Author: Queen Latifah, Samantha Marshall
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Buy Link: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/books_9780446555890.htm
Review: As I was preparing for three major changes in my life; my daughter leaving for college, moving to a new state, and starting a new job, I was given the opportunity to review this audio book. It was just what I needed, a book that would help me become the person I needed to be in my new role and a message to give my now adult daughter. This book was the missing step for me to move from mom, wife, and teacher-librarian into a more grown up role of administrator. It helped me realize that it was okay to be this person. It was okay for me to achieve outside of my family and I deserved to be in my chosen profession and to be happy. When I finished this book I packed it up and gave it to my daughter to listen to at college. I think it has the words and message I wanted to say before sending her off in a world I was certain I had not fully prepared her for, which she refutes any time I give her advice. Ms. Dana Owens, aka Queen Latifah, thanks for the inspirational words of wisdom for my own benefit and that of my daughter. Well done.
Author: Gail Pallotta
Publisher: Awe-Struck Publishing; An imprint of Mundania Press LLC
Buy Link: email@example.com, www. awe-struck.net
Review: Although I really liked the story Gail Pallotta told I felt that she was too unnecessarily detailed. For example, when she referenced certain people, Pallotta would repeat their names as well as an explanation as to who they were. In the paragraph where she identified her main character’s parents by name to the reader and then in a conversation to another character she stated they were her character’s parents and gave their names again. The sentence was uncomfortable to read. Repetitive. She also referenced bible scripture almost as an afterthought in many sentences. Most people who have read the bible remember the lesson but not usually the exact scripture and rarely reference it to themselves in the manner in which she wrote it. It felt uncomfortable to read as it did not flow with the rest of the paragraph. The story of Cammie O’Shea was sweet and thoughtful. I enjoyed her character and how she relied on God for the decisions she had to make and for the strength to make them. Pallotta did a good job of detailing her character’s faith and how that made her stronger individual.
Author: Maggi Anderson
Publisher: Eternal Press
Buy Link: http://www.eternalpress.ca
Maggi Anderson’s novelette was a quick read. Since it was fairly short she moved quickly through the story and I felt like it was much longer. She could have stretched the story out but it was not necessary. She had romance, love, action, drama, and a happy ending. What more could you ask for. The heroine was not the traditional tough-as-nails, hardened, city woman taking on the bad guys. She was more like your friend who lived a nice life but nothing special or extraordinary about her. She acted out of fear and desperation to save the one she loved. Sweet read.
Author: April Dawn
Publisher: Breathless Press
Buy Link: http://www.breathlesspress.com
As a general rule I like historical fiction. Crushing Desire did not disappoint. The author, April Dawn, captured my attention quickly and held it through to the end. She wove an intriguing tale of love and independence in a time when most women had neither. A headstrong young woman falls in love with a man she can’t have. Two brothers fall for her and she wants neither and the betrayal by one almost ends her life. She remains strong, remains true to herself and those she loves, and fights for what she wants. I really enjoyed this post-Revolutionary War story. The author was able to describe the settings and people of the period so well I could envision myself within the story playing voyeur. I would read more of April Dawn’s work.
Author: Jaclyn Tracey
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Buy Link: http://www.wildrosepress.com
This paranormal story confused me at first but the author pulled the story together. Jaclyn Tracey introduced her main characters quickly and provided more and more layers to their lives. The ones you least expect to be paranormal, the ones you least expect to be special, the ones you least expect to be extraordinary – she surprised me throughout. She was quite detailed, and sometimes quite gross, when necessary without being verbose. I got a kick out of the characters and relationships as they moved through the story.
Author: Christopher Steiner
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Buy Link: http://www.HachetteBookGroup.com
Christopher Steiner does an impeccable job describing how the cost of gasoline has impacted how we function. He uses the past gas hikes as his basis for analysis and predictions of how we will respond in the future. Not only does he describe how we as individuals behave when gas prices skyrocket but also includes how businesses have behaved in the past and how he believes they will behave in the future. I think all consumers of oil should read this book in order to prepare for the inevitable rise in gas prices and oil shortages. The author covers change with each two dollar increment as he foresees them to be. He covers the good as well as the bad changes in how we view energy to how we use energy. Will we pay twenty dollars per gallon of gas? Possibly, but Steiner wants the reader to know the ever rising cost of oil is not a bad thing. The rising cost will bring about change in what energy production will include. Companies will respond by creating alternatives, consumers will demand alternatives, government will push for alternatives, and eventually they will come about. As we watch prices climb we need to begin now looking for and creating those alternative sources of energy.
Author: Ann Simko
Publisher: Lyrical Press, Incorporated
Buy Link: http://www.lyricalpress.com
Review: I really enjoyed this book of intrigue. Ann Simko began the story with action and actually brought my heart to my throat a couple of times. She was able to invoke emotions from me as I read this tale of military and government deception and the heroes who set it right. Overall, this is a good book that I couldn’t put down until it finished. Since this is book one in the series I hope to see the characters, Dr. Dakota Thomas and ex- military/spy/badass brother Montana Thomas, again in another suspense filled adventure.