Review of FINDING THE RAVEN, by Patty Dickson Pieczka

30823076Historical Fact + Mysterious Romance

Many authors write fiction with a thin watered-down broth of history, but Finding the Raven mixes a thick stew of romance and magic with meaty details of the St. Louis World’s Fair and the America of the Industrial Revolution.

Clean and wholesome, suitable even for preteen readers but deep enough to enthrall adults, the novel contains inoffensive references to fortune-telling, mysticism, and the afterlife. Rated 5 out of 5 stars on GOODREADS.  Highly recommended.

This writer received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an objective, honest review.

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DUBY’S H.E.A.?

The final chapter of DUBY’S DOCTOR has been posted for Fswat_police_officer_sketchREE reading today on WATTPAD.  Readers have followed the appealing — and possibly dangerous — child/man called Jean Deaux from his near-death to his new life as an artist. The new life has been incomplete, however, since Jean seems to have lost the affection of Dr. Mitchell Oberon, the lady who, in many ways, made his new life possible.

Now, in the aftermath of Jean’s abduction by a vengeful killewatercolor-red-bikinir, it’s time for both he and Mitchell to make some life-altering decisions.

Will she ever wear that red bikini again?

Is he allergic to cats?cat-painting

Will he return to living on Dubreau’s boat?

 

sailboat_painting_lake_water_art_by_texas_artist_laurie_pace_cde695730ccb592c886cb95785a82ddbIs there any chance of a right-brained artist and a left-brained surgeon — with a significant age difference that worries one of them — to actually find for themselves a Happily Ever After?

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Lady Assassin Caught Off Guard

Review of TELL ME WHEN IT HURTS, by Christine M. Whitehead.

 

Kids, dogs, horses, mountains, cowboys and romance: What’s not to love? Christine Whitehead’s novel, Tell Me When It Hurts, has them all, and more besides. But, even if it didn’t, the author’s smooth, articulate, empathetic story-telling would keep readers glued to the page.

 

tell-me-when-it-hurtsArcher Loh is an assassin, and a very successful one. She has been living in seclusion for six years, since the murder of her 12-year-old daughter. Archer leaves her mountain cabin for a few days at a time to trot the globe, killing bad guys with her sniper rifle. But when a Wyoming cowboy camps in the forest adjoining her property, Archer’s world spins in a whole new direction.

 

Connor McCall has secrets of his own, and he, too, has separated from the world, to run a sheep ranch near a tiny western town. He introduces himself to his reclusive neighbor, but Archer sends him packing with a snarl. They might have gone their separate ways and lived solitarily ever after, but circumstances conspire against them, linking them together and eventually forcing them to choose between a bright new life and the dark old one.

 

While the title may sound painful, the story is generally pleasant and sometimes joyful, even though the characters must, necessarily, embrace the pain of the past before they can move into a better future. If they can do it, that is.

 

Caveat: If you’re one of those readers (ahem, guys, you know who you are) who doesn’t want to read about or talk about emotions, this is not for you. This story is all heart, and it will lift and lower your warm-fuzzy levels again and again.

 

There is no offensive language or explicit sex, but there are adult issues, a fairly gruesome child murder, and descriptions of abhorrent criminal acts previously performed by some of Archer’s victims. Pre-teen readers, wait a couple of years before diving into this one.

 

Everybody else, go for it. Tell Me When It Hurts is original, well-crafted, moving, and entertaining.

 

(Rating: 5 out of 5 stars)

“Miss Goodhue” Is a Delight

Review of Miss Goodhue Lives for a Night, by Kate Noble

 

missgoodhuelivesAfficionados of Noel Coward and Oscar Wilde will appreciate the classic “comedy of manners” style of Kate Noble’s superbly crafted period novel, Miss Goodhue Lives for a Night. Lovers of Amanda Quick and Kathleen Woodiwiss will revel in the repartee and humorous situations.

 

Miss Goodhue, you see, was ruined. Yes, all her hopes of a normal life were dashed years ago when a suitor, ostensibly bent on marriage, abandoned her en route to the altar. She never saw him again, and she has accepted the life of a soiled spinster lady secluded in Helmsley, a tiny town worlds away from London society.

 

Imagine the turmoil, therefore, when Miss Goodhue finds that her cousin, Eleanor, has run off with a, well there is no other way to say it, a man! Without a moment to lose, dear Miss Goodhue hies herself off to London to rescue the errant cousin, only to find — oh, the horror of it! — that her unwanted ally in the search is Theo, her own runaway ex-fiancé.

 

When preparing for her search, which will end in a climactic Night In Society, Miss Goodhue encounters numerous friends and neighbors with bizarre errands for her to perform while in London.

[“I am happy to take your rhodes-of-dandelion.”

                        “Rhododendron.”

                        “Yes, that. Thank you.”]

                        …

                        [H]er luggage included a bill of sale for bolts of cloth, coin enough for thirty or so pounds of teea, several letters and smaller parcels to be delivered, two very large wooden fish, and a rhododendron.

                       All she needed was a partridge in a pear tree and she would be immortalized in song.]

 

Miss Goodhue (Cecilia) and Theo talk and argue, always at cross purposes, until each of them discovers something that changes all their assumptions.

[“Funny, but I always thought you would have taken to the sea.”

                        “The sea?”

                        “Yes. Either via conscription or transportation, but I saw a voyage in your future.”

                        He cracked a smile at that.]

 

Readers will find themselves smiling, giggling, highlighting favorite passages, and then looking for other novels from Kate Noble, an accomplished, witty, and entertaining author.

 

This book is suitable for all ages and sensibilities; there is no offensive material.

 

A pre-publication reader’s copy was provided in exchange for an objective review.

Freshly Original Vampire Romance

Review:   BENDING NATURE: A Different Kind of Vampire Novel, by Samantha Stone

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Good news for readers bored with the same old I-vant-to-drrrink-yourrr-blooood vampires. Author Samantha Stone has given lots of time and energy to re-imagining vampires as (spoiler alert:) extraterrestrials.

 

Told in the tone and vernacular of a teen or YA novel, the story follows high school senior, Julie, to her after-school job at the museum — where she, Pygmalion-like, has got a crush on a beautiful manly statue of an angel with outspread wings. She calls him Michael. I don’t want to give away the startling opening of the saga, but in due course, Michael turns out to be not a statue, nor an angel, but, in fact, what humans call a “vampire.”

 

Vampire Mike enrolls in high school and socializes with Julie and her friends and family. Things might have gone well enough except that, of course, Michael is not the only being to have arrived from his home planet. His enemy — and former betrothed — has come seeking him and intends to force him to do her bidding.

 

Readers will want to discover all the details and twists and turns of the story for themselves, so there will be no further plot developments described here. The book is suitable for teens as well as adults, and there is minimal bad language. Sex is discussed and implied, but not explicitly portrayed.

 

Hats off to Samantha Stone for a fresh look at a popular, old genre. It’s a fun read for vampire fans.

DUBY’S DOCTOR Rescue Update!

The police and Agent Stone (ret.) are in place on a nearby rooftop.

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Jean and his armed captor have just arrived at Jean’s boat.dobee2-moored

 

SAMARA WEAVING in Red BikiniAnd then Mitchell throws everyone into a tizzy when she shows up unannounced and begins her own personal rescue operation!

Get in on the fun of Chapter 27, “Intervention, part 1,” in this week’s episode of DUBY’S DOCTOR, the Iris Chacon novel.DubyPprbkCvr

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