Book Review: Everything and More, Jacqueline Briskin

Everything and More

Summary from Amazon.com

Two sisters—the beautiful and alluring Marilyn, and her smart and savvy sister, Roy—move to Beverly Hills with their mother after the death of their father, so that they can attend the posh public school Beverly Hills High. Though they live in relative poverty, Marilyn acts in all of the school plays at her mother’s insistence, and she is quickly noticed by Linc, the oldest son of the iconic movie producer Joshua Fernauld. Marilyn and Linc find themselves overtaken by a passionate romance that neither of them had expected, and they are devastated when Linc, who is in the air force, is called back to duty overseas. Marilyn’s acute loss continues to haunt her for years afterward when she and Linc suffer a tragedy worse than she had ever imagined.

Meanwhile, Roy graduates from high school and goes on to pursue her interest in fashion, becoming a successful businesswoman at an upscale boutique. Her closest friend from Beverly Hills High, Althea, is a wealthy and mysterious beauty, whose sharp remarks and unfailing composure hide dark and terrible secrets about her family life. Throughout their childhood, Althea is generous to Roy but deeply possessive of her. As the pair grows older, Althea’s antics worsen until the two find themselves embroiled in a love triangle with an artist named Gerry Horak, which threatens to tear them apart once and for all.

An epic tale that spans continents and nearly half a century, Everything and More is a suspenseful tour de force by a master at family drama. Readers will be hooked from the first page and surprised throughout by the passion, trickery, and emotion culminating in a shocking twist that no one ever saw coming.

Review

Epic Hollywood drama’s and romances have been a thing of the ages, they cling to our pop culture like pollen to a bee, they just will not let go.  Sometimes, though as readers of gossips rags we dream of what’s actually happening, but always asking the question of what is the truth?  How do we know what’s the truth and what is being made up by the so called reporters.  In Everything and More the author takes us through that roller coaster of one family, she gives us that inside scoop of how a star is born and the drama that surrounds her life as she grows into her career and the ups and downs of her life.  Sometimes though its the downs that will fuel her career.

Meanwhile, her sister Roy feels like she’s on the back burner of her mother’s affections because she’s not center-stage, she’s not the “belle” of Hollywood.  But she has her own drama’s playing with her friend Althea, something that causes tension between the girls resulting in a lifelong of an on again – off again friendship.

The underlying story of these women and the lives they lead will intrigue the reader, always asking what’s going to happen next and the author does a good job of developing the story, leaving enough unanswered questions to keep the story moving.  All the while she’s successfully able to delve further into the characters, their motives and their underlying personalities.  An intriguing mix that results in an amazing series of books all surrounding the same family.

Five out of Five Stars for Everything and More.

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Book Review: Girl Underwater, Claire Kells

Girl Underwater

Summary from Amazon.com

Nineteen-year-old Avery Delacorte loves the water. Growing up in Brookline, Massachusetts, she took swim lessons at her community pool and captained the local team; in high school, she raced across bays and sprawling North American lakes. Now a sophomore on her university’s nationally ranked team, she struggles under the weight of new expectations but life is otherwise pretty good. Perfect, really.

That all changes when Avery’s red-eye home for Thanksgiving makes a ditch landing in a mountain lake in the Colorado Rockies. She is one of only five survivors, which includes three little boys and Colin Shea, who happens to be her teammate. Colin is also the only person in Avery’s college life who challenged her to swim her own events, to be her own person—something she refused to do. Instead she’s avoided him since the first day of freshman year. But now, faced with sub-zero temperatures, minimal supplies, and the dangers of a forbidding nowhere, Avery and Colin must rely on each other in ways they never could’ve imagined.

In the wilderness, the concept of survival is clear-cut. Simple. In the real world, it’s anything but.

Review

Swimming and Swim teams are one thing that do not always go hand in hand.

Then again planes and plane crashes are also two things don’t always go hand in hand.

Survival in the Wilderness as a teenager with three young children in your care are also items that do not mix generally.

However, for Avery and Colin these three things comes crashing together one cold November day as they are heading home from California to Boston for Thanksgiving break.  I’ve read numerous plane crashing in the middle of nowhere type fanfiction stories with Bella and Edward (Twilight) at the helm, and this time I could almost see those two as Avery and Colin.  Opposite ends of the spectrum but closer than they can imagine.  They find a way – and it’s this shared trauma that brings them together in the end.

So how does one begin to overcome this kind of tragedy? How do they begin to move-on and re-start their lives? Avery and Colin have to find that way – this is their story of post-traumatic survival and the new life they forge for themselves.

A story beautifully written always keeping the plan crash at the edge of your consciousness – we walk with both Avery and Colin as they deal with their respective demons and come out better people.  Four out of Five Stars for Girl Underwater as I felt some of the characters were a little flat and predictable.

About the Author, Claire Kells

Claire Kells

Claire Kells was born outside Philadelphia and has lived in Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco since graduating from Princeton University in 2005. An English major, she didn’t start writing fiction until her first year of medical school. Now a second-year resident in the Bay Area, she spends her free time writing stories about love, loss, and adventure.

GIRL UNDERWATER is her first novel.

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Book Review: Clonmac’s Bridge, Jeffrey Perren

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A maritime archaeologist raises a medieval monastery span from the mud of the River Shannon, sunken for 1,200 years… and finds it perfectly preserved.

What could account for this astounding longevity? Why are his colleagues and the Church so desperate to prevent him learning the secret? And why is his consummate lover his greatest enemy?

Griffin Clonmac will go through hell to find out.

He won’t go alone. Inspired by a real discovery, Clonmac’s Bridge shifts between contemporary times and 9th century Ireland. It tells the story of two men who struggle against envy and mediocrity — a millennium apart — aided only by a loyal helpmate and an unconquerable will.

Review

Archeology has always been a love of mine – there’s something inherently interesting to me to learn the hows, whys and whats of the past – though I never did go into the field as a career, I have always managed to find ways to dip my toes into it via reading, watching documentaries, or visiting museums.  I never really took the time to delve into the past as much as Griffin Clonmac.  An Archeologist and college professor known for his TV appearances and discoveries takes his love of the past to a whole new level – battling unseen political and personal forces to dig up and raise the Bridge and the Clonmacnoise Monestary.  There’s a mystery even bigger than he is lurking in the waters of the River Shannon…at every turn he takes one step forward and seemingly hundreds backwards.

This book is one of back and forth – push and pull – and constant battling between the main characters.  There’s someone in the book, a Modern – Day Priest who will stop at nothing to keep the bridge from being raised – his whys behind the desire to stop it do not come to be known until late in the book – and while they seem petty and drawn out, they do make sense.

I am going to give this book a 3 out of 5 Stars – the constant back and forth and stop and go that Griffin deals with almost seems forced at an attempt to make the book seem like there’s more to it than there actually is.

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Jeffrey Perren

Jeffrey Perren wrote his first short story at age 12 and went on to win the Bank of America Fine Arts award at 17. Since then he has published at award-winning sites and magazines from the U.S. to New Zealand.

Educated in philosophy and physics at UCLA and UC Irvine, he lives in Sandpoint, Idaho.

He is also the author of “Cossacks In Paris,” an historical war novel set in the Napoleonic era, as well as the romantic travel mystery “Death Is Overrated.”

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Girlder 2015 Holiday Newsletter

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WOW Another year gone…how quickly the year passes the older we get, no? Seems the years just fly by and end up weaving one right into the other without so much as a note.  As a child we wait anxiously for our Birthdays and Christmas, but as an adult we wish the days and weeks would just slow down some so we can relish in those hours and minutes.  Just taking time to absorb everything we’re experiencing in that moment.

Let’s see, this year brought with it another Camporee with the Girl Scout Troop, a Visit to Maryland to meet and Greet the newest addition to our family, my sister’s adorable baby boy Lucas, and a nice visit from Mom & Dad during one awesome weekend!

GS Troop at Camporee

So let’s see Camporee this year was held in April this year – the theme was Disney and our troop decided on the movie Sleeping Beauty! It was a wonderous weekend full of crafts, activities, a scavenger hunt, and yummy Smore’s!  The girls had a chance to dress up as a Disney Character prior to the Scavenger hunt! They loved it!

Then after Camporee, the following weekend, we went to Maryland to meet Mr. Lucas!

Visit with Baby Lucas

He was just two weeks old here, and now we’re getting ready to head north again to spend Christmas with the family, his 1st! We are excited about that and celebrating Ashley’s birthday while there.  However, before heading back to NC, we spent some time on the farm with my brother and his Girlfriend, Dana, visiting with her horses!

Ashes with Mika & Maddick

Meet Mika & Maddick

Mandy & Mason

And Mandy & Mason *the Clydes*

The kids always love seeing the M&M’s as they are called!

After our trip to Maryland, Mom & Dad did make a trip down to visit with us over the summer, we spent an afternoon touring Screen Gems studios, which was exciting in itself!  We spent time touring the sets of Under the Dome and seeing some left over props from Journey 3! Was a very coold afternoon!

The Fam at Screen Gems

Then last but not certainly least over the summer our Girl Scout troop took a weekend camping trip in Tabor City to Scooby’s! The girls spent a full day swimming in the pool, playing at the water park, and having a great time! Was an all too short weekend, but it was super fun!

Ashley on Water Slide

So that wraps up the events of our year!

Updates time!

Jimm left his job in June after an injury in the salon in April.  He’s ok now, but still looking for work.  He’s happy though in the meantime being a Stay-At-Home Dad! The house and kids are well looked after, so I can’t fuss…though I am sure he’d prefer to be working – I believe right now we need him at home more…in time though that may change.

Lara left her position in October with her company – she wasn’t unemployed long though – a staffing agency got her in with a State Government agency temporarily and then within a few days of leaving that position she obtained a new job working for another company similar to her last as a field administrator working on site for their contractor.  In July after Jimm left his job she also opened her Etsy Shop, YarntoAfghanCreations, in an effort to drive income into the household.  Thus far sales have been slow but steady!

Austin wrapped up 6th Grade as steadily as they come, we hit some speed bumps along the way but he was no worst for the wear.  And has kicked off 7th Grade with a BAM!  He’s blossoming in Band and just loving playing the trumpet, he’s got a real knack for it and it just a natural musician.

Ashley wrapped up 4th grade with honors and spent a week at Girl Scout camp before starting 5th Grade at the end of June when her elementary school went to a year-round schedule.  She’s doing wonderfully and is gearing up for her next intercession!

Otherwise, all is doing wonderfully in the Girdler household, we’ve hit a few snares along the way, but nothing we can’t handle!

Hope Everyone has an Amazing Holiday Season, a Safe and Prosperous New Year and we’ll See Everyone later!

Book Review: 99 Percent Kill, Doug Richardson

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Summary from Amazon

Lucky Dey, an on-again/off-again Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detective is both willful and acerbic to a dangerous fault. While in a holding pattern for official reinstatement, Lucky accepts a one-time private detective gig to track down the missing teenage daughter of a Midwestern software millionaire.  This first Lucky Dey Novel winds its way through an L.A. landscape where the lights are bright, but the edges can be dark, perilously frayed, and populated with mix of human predators, amusing losers, and ambitious fringe dwellers.

Review

Missing persons cases show up on the news all the time – chances are they are a child – an Amber Alert is issued and the world stops everything to try and find the missing child – a senior citizen goes missing and a Silver Alert is issued and all eyes on social media trying to find the missing person – what happens though when a teenager runs away from home?  Not a lot – sometimes an Amber Alert is issued – sometimes not – this can be due to lack of parental knowledge the child has run away (in this case it was because the parents were divorced and not communicative) – sometimes it’s because the parents want to keep things on the hush-hush so they don’t issue the Amber alert in hopes of finding their child on their own…

Lucky Dey is a down on his luck former cop hoping to get back in to LA County Sheriff’s office and while waiting he’s recommended to a mid-western software millionaire to try and find his “missing” daughter – it doesn’t take Lucky long to figure out she ran away from home – but her reasons are left on the back burner until the very end of the book.  The author takes the reader through many twists and turns while revealing the much darker side of LA.  All glitz and glitter to the outside tourist those who work the “streets” know that LA isn’t everything is appears to be on the surface – 99 Percent Kill brings every dirty little secret of LA to the surface in a wicked thrill ride of a book.

4 out of 5 Stars for 99 Percent Kill!

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About the author

Doug Richardson was born in Arcadia, California. The son of a career politician, Doug grew up outside Sacramento and inside the state Capitol. He used to talk his way into then- Governor Ronald Reagan’s office, just to get a handful of jellybeans.

Doug left Northern California for Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema. For as long as he could remember, Doug had wanted to be a movie director. But in pursuing his goal he discovered how movies are really made: in the writing.

After finishing college, Doug signed a two-year contract with Warner Brothers. In 1989 he garnered national attention when his spec screenplay was the first in Hollywood to sell for a million dollars. Doug’s first feature film, the sequel to DIE HARD, DIE HARDER, was produced in 1990. He has since written and produced feature films including the box office smash BAD BOYS and, most recently, HOSTAGE. To date, Doug’s features have grossed over 800 million dollars worldwide.

Doug has written five novels to date: DARK HORSE, TRUE BELIEVERS, THE SAFETY EXPERT, BLOOD MONEY and 99 PERCENT KILL.

Doug continues to write and develop for feature films and television.
He lives in Southern California with his wife, two children and four mutts.

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Book Review:Ocean City Cover-Up, Kim Kash

OC Cover-Up

Summary from Author

Euro-trash collides with American gangsta in Maryland’s gleefully cheesy beach resort as reporter Jamie August befriends a spoiled Eastern European heiress. Russian mobsters are gunning for the party-girl daughter of an oil tycoon, who has meanwhile paired up with chart-topping rap star Sniper Trigga. A raging boardwalk crime spree is keeping Jamie busy—and so is a hot new boyfriend and a strict jogging and frozen custard fitness plan. Action careens from OC to Dubai, from the wild beaches of Assateague to a wild-west themed campground. Will Jamie survive to debut her fringed leopard-print bikini?

Review

Interesting story, it kicks off giving background of who Jamie August is for those who have not read the book but the immediately jumps into the story.  We get down to the nitty gritty of the action right off from the start! Jumping into one twist after the other, showing a slightly darker side of one of Maryland’s quietest vacation spots.

Having spent a week here or there as a child in Ocean City, I remember bits and pieces of the area and am familiar with the references in OC and in and around Baltimore when the author moves the story accordingly  – once outside of OC and Baltimore it gets shaky but she details the environment in such a way that the reader almost feels like they are right there with Jamie.

A quick moving read and one that kept me questioning the next step or what is happening in the story – twists and turns that the reader doesn’t see coming keep us on edge!

Four out of five stars as I did not fully comprehend the need for the trip to Dubai.

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I live in the Middle East, half a world away from my home state of Maryland. I caught the travel bug late, but I’m making up for lost time, having visited over a dozen new countries in the last four years. I love doing the kind of sightseeing that plunges me into new cultures, new cuisines, new ways of thinking and living. Middle Eastern expat life, too, is an interesting conundrum to consider–it’s neither American nor particularly Arabic. This so-called “Third Culture” has its own charms and challenges. Writing about my experiences as a traveler and, increasingly, as a happily settled expat, is a way for me to process what I have experienced and to share it.

Writing about Ocean City, on the other hand, is a great antidote to homesickness. I’m sure some of my Maryland memories are whimsically inflated, just like the stories we tell about our own exploits back in the day: they get more farfetched with every telling. But the affection I have for the people, the food, the attitude, the sheer fun of Ocean City is real, and it gets me through the culture shock that will probably always be a part of expat life.

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Book & Program Review: The New Rules of Lifting for Women

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Summary from Amazon.com

“In The New Rules of Lifting for Women, authors Lou Schuler, Cassandra Forsythe and Alwyn Cosgrove present a comprehensive strength, conditioning and nutrition plan destined to revolutionize the way women work out. All the latest studies prove that strength training, not aerobics, provides the key to losing fat and building a fit, strong body. This book refutes the misconception that women will “bulk up” if they lift heavy weights. Nonsense! It’s tough enough for men to pack on muscle, and they have much more of the hormone necessary to build muscle: natural testosterone. Muscles need to be strengthened to achieve a lean, healthy look. Properly conditioned muscles increase metabolism and promote weight loss — it’s that simple. The program demands that women put down the “Barbie” weights, step away from the treadmill and begin a strength and conditioning regime for the natural athlete in every woman. The New Rules of Lifting for Women will change the way women see fitness, nutrition and their own bodies”

Book Review:

If you are a woman who has either never set foot into the big-boys part of the gym aka the weight room, or even if you are a semi-experienced lifter who has been searching for a way to get out of a rut or even try and learn something new then this program is definitely for you! I began the program after working out on weight machines, free weights, cable towers, etc for months with no real progress – I’d heard of the book and the program but never took the initiative to try and do more “homework” I guess if you will into it.  Finally, earlier this year I picked-up the book and jumped right in, reading the book cover-to-cover.  It’s very well written and easy to follow and understand, Lou doesn’t talk down to the reader, nor does he outline the program in such a way that someone who does not have a basic fitness vocabulary can’t follow.  Allwyn then has designed an amazing workout program that gradually increases in difficulty while forcing you outside of your comfort zone. Cassandra also outlines how to calculate macros and get the right nutrition to match-up with the program.

A very well rounded book, 5 out of 5 stars for the book

Program Review:

I am one, yes ONE workout away from being done with this 7-phase program and I’ve had my share of frustrations with it:

  1.  The Obsession with PLANKS! If you are like me and have some sort of back-injury then you physically cannot do planks without putting your back out of commission for days on end- AND there’s no substitute for them outlined, just either A) Don’t do it and miss that aspect of the program or B) do this or that variation…um yeah.  I gave it my all, 120% to try and do the planks, when it came to a workout requiring 3-Sets of 2-Min planks (yes you read that right, 6 Full Mins of Planking), I tried, I did them, and then subsequently couldn’t walk for four days following without my back crying out…ugh…needless to say I didn’t do anymore after that, I subbed in Prone Jack-Knifes instead
  2. Push-ups – the number of push-ups we are asked to do is WOW! There’s use for it, I get that, and there’s a not of ways they can help, But geez!
  3. The lack of arm-specific work, there’s a TON (I mean literally the whole program is nothing but) of full-body work, but nothing that works biceps/triceps specifically – I guess those planks and push-ups are meant to hit those areas.

BUT on the flip-side I did see some advantages, I got stronger, leaner, and more physically defined as time went on.  I became more self-aware and more aware of what I was eating.  I found lifting became my main source of calm, if I felt my anxieties rising a trip to the gym and one of these workouts would bring me back down level again.  I say lifting is a blessing for my soul!

I am in the process of reading the most recent book released by these authors, Strong, and am finding more planks and/or variations on them and I am wondering if I’ve wasted $30 on a program I won’t be able to do…ugh

So all in all 3 out of 5 stars for the program, I’ve loved it, but the authors really need to find a way to do more than just Push-ups and Planks for arm/back/core work because HELLO not everyone can do these things!

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Lou Schuler

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Lou Schuler is a National Magazine Award-winning journalist, certified strength and conditioning specialist, and author or coauthor of many popular books about diet and strength training. In addition to the New Rules of Lifting books with Alwyn, Lou wrote The Book of Muscle (with Ian King), The Home Workout Bible (with Mike Mejia and many other contributors), and The Testosterone Advantage Plan (with Jeff Volek, Mike Mejia, and Adam Campbell).

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Lou graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1979, and worked for a variety of newspapers and magazines before entering the graduate writing program at the University of Southern California. While there, he started working part-time as a copyeditor at Muscle & Fitness magazine, which soon grew into a full-time job at Men’s Fitness.

After six years at Men’s Fitness, the last three as fitness editor, he moved across the country to Men’s Health magazine, where he worked as fitness director until 2004. Since then he has written for a long list of magazines, including Men’s Journal, Fit Pregnancy, and Better Homes & Gardens. He also worked for a year as editorial director at T-nation.com.

Lou lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania, with his wife and three children.

Cassandra Forsythe

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Cassandra Forsythe PhD, RD, is the author of two popular nationally publicized books for women, “The New Rules of Lifting for Women”, and “Women’s Health Perfect Body Diet”.

She has also been featured in major magazines such as Oxygen, Women’s Health, Men’s Health and Delta Sky Magazine.

Her passion lies in encouraging women and men of all shapes, sizes and life stages to exercise seriously and with purpose. Most recently, she has become an advocate for super fit pregnancies following her own ultra-fit gestation.

She holds her doctorate (PhD) in Exercise Science and Nutrition from the University of Connecticut and is a Registered Dietitian (RD). She’s also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a Certified Sports Nutritionist (CISSN). She’s well-known for her expertise in low-carbohydrate diets, nutrition for fat loss, and all aspects of female health.

She also runs her own group fitness facility in Connecticut, which has transformed the bodies of hundreds of women and men across the state.

Alwyn Cosgrove

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Born in Scotland and initially exposed to fitness training through an intense competitive sport martial arts background, Alwyn Cosgrove began reading and studying any training related material he could get his hands on. This led Alwyn to formal academic studies in Sports Performance at West Lothian College and then progressed on to receiving an honors degree in Sports Science from Chester College, the University of Liverpool.

During his career as a fitness coach, Alwyn began with assisting in martial arts lessons in 1986 and teaching fitness classes in 1989, and has studied under all of the top fitness professionals and coaches in the world and has worked with a wide variety of clientele, from general population clientele to several top level athletes, World Champions, and professionals in a multitude of sports.

A sought after expert for several of the country’s leading publications including a regular contributor to Men’s Health Magazine, Alwyn has co-authored five books in the “New Rules of Lifting” series and currently spends his time consulting on fitness training, training clients, training his staff at Results Fitness, speaking on the fitness lecture circuit, and coaching fitness trainers worldwide in their businesses. For the past 13 years, with his wife Rachel, Alwyn runs Results Fitness in Santa Clarita, California – which has been twice named One of America’s Top Gyms by Men’s Health Magazine, a gym which specializes in programs for real-world, busy people and prides itself on “changing the way fitness is done – period!”

Book Review: Mercer Street, American Journey Part 2, by John A. Heldt

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Summary from Author

Weeks after her husband dies in the midst of an affair in 2016, Chicago writer Susan Peterson, 48, seeks solace on a California vacation with her mother Elizabeth and daughter Amanda. The novelist, however, finds more than she bargained for when she meets a professor who possesses the secret of time travel. Within days, the women travel to 1938 and Princeton, New Jersey. Elizabeth begins a friendship with her refugee parents and infant self, while Susan and Amanda fall for a widowed admiral and a German researcher with troubling ties. Filled with poignancy, heartbreak, and intrigue, MERCER STREET gives new meaning to courage, sacrifice, and commitment as it follows three strong-willed souls on the adventure of a lifetime.

Review

John’s hit another one out of the park! As soon as I finished reading September Sky I knew I wanted to read this one! He’d hinted at the story line and it intrigued me from the off.  He has a way of writing characters so that you become so immersed in their story that you don’t even realize you’ve begun reading a book.  He just writes them that well.  This time was no different, you see the journey of three modern-day women in the late 1930’s, a time when America was at a turning point and Europe was on the verge of war.  The way American’s viewed German’s and the prospect of joining Hitler’s war was not something to be taken lightly.  John manages to see this change in America from the viewpoint of three different generations – Amanda, the youngest, a historian who wants to think that there’s some good in everyone, trusts Kurt even though there’s possibly secrets there that could undo the fabric of their relationship.  Susan, Amanda’s mother whose cynicism toward men and German’s might just over-rule her protective instincts when it comes to Amanda – all the while teaching her a thing or two about being a woman.  And, then there’s Elizabeth, Susan’s mother who lived through WWII as a child – her memories of what America and the world were like during that time period may just lead her toward rash decisions.

This story has many turns that keep the reader engaged – you want to know what’s going to happen to the main characters and see how they’ll interact with the pending war.  John’s development of the characters and the world of 1938-39 Princeton, NJ are definitely not a let-down!

Five out of Five Stars for Mercer Street.

John Heldt

About the Author, John A. Heldt

John A. Heldt is the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage and American Journey series. The former reference librarian and award-winning sportswriter has loved getting subjects and verbs to agree since writing book reports on baseball heroes in grade school. A graduate of the University of Oregon and the University of Iowa, Heldt is an avid fisherman, sports fan, home brewer, and reader of thrillers and historical fiction. When not sending contemporary characters to the not-so-distant past.

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Book Review: The Broken, Shelley Coriell

The Broken

Book Description from NetGalley

He took her life, but left her alive.

Three years ago, reporter Kate Johnson was the first victim-and only survivor-of the Broadcast Butcher. Scarred both physically and psychologically by the brutal serial killer, Kate lives life on the run, knowing that one day, he will find her and finish what he started.

In the pursuit of justice, you sometimes have to step outside the law.

Agent Hayden Reed spends his life chasing monsters. The only way to stay sane is to detach, but the second the Broadcast Butcher case crosses his desk, Hayden knows this is the case that might just cost him his soul. To catch this vicious murderer before he strikes again, Hayden must find Kate and earn her trust. For it’s her darkest secrets that hold the key to stopping this madman once and for all . . .

Review

When one picks up a murder mystery they expect to find a detective trying to find someone who is committing heinously gruesome acts upon other members of society – leaving every one they come across dead in their wake – this time that is not the case – this time the murderer left one victim still alive, Kate Johnson.  This time, that last victim will play party to getting them caught and behind bars.

I honestly am speechless with this one, normally I have a lot to stay regarding a book I’ve been given to read and review and this time I was just plum disturbed…I was reading this book during a trying time in society when a reporter and a cameraman were killed right on camera – ironic that the main focus of the killer in this novel is television reporters…irony placed at a bad time.  I found when the author went into his mind and his world I was itching to turn around and run – the ability to write at that level of disturbance is just fascinating, makes the reader wonder how in the world they come up with the material..this time I honestly don’t want to know.

I found the pace of the book to be a bit slow, Kate’s mental breakdowns, running and trying to catch and or get away from her killer was just stereotypical – found it boring.

I think for The Broken, I might have to go for 3 our of 5 stars.  Definitely not something I am going to recommend.

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About the Author:

Shelley Coriell

Shelley Coriell is an award-winning author of romantic suspense and novels for teens. Her debut romantic thriller, The Broken, was named one of the Best Romances of Summer 2014 by Publishers Weekly and a Top Pick/4.5 Stars by Romantic Times Book Reviews. An avid foodie and former restaurant reviewer, Shelley lives in Arizona with her family and the world’s neediest rescue weimaraner.

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Cover Reveal: Bitterroot by Heather Hildenbrand and S.M. Reine

EXCITING News from the

Heather Hildenbrand and S.M. Reine Camps!

Exciting new cover to share Heather and S.M. have been working on a Sept release for their new Series BITTERROOT, a YA Paranormal Romance Novella Series!

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If you haven’t checked out S.M. Reine’s Seasons of the Moon werewolf series, you should! It’s one of Heather’s favorites! *p.s. it’s FREE right now on Amazon, click on the title to get yours NOW*

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Bitterroot by Heather Hildenbrand & SM Reine
Coming Sept 2015

Seventeen year-old Regan Vuk has lived her whole life under the shadow of her future: the pack alpha. She is fast, smart, and determined. According to her own pack members, she is a shoo-in. But Regan’s dad has a secret.

Seventeen year-old Charlie spent her adolescence drifting from place to place with a mother desperate to hide her illegitimate daughter from the unforgiving reality of pack dynamics. All Charlie has ever wanted is to know her father–and the family that’s been kept from her all these years. But most of all, she wants a place to belong in the world. Where she doesn’t have to pretend she can’t sprout fur and paws at will.

When Charlie finds out the only way to fit in with her new family is to defeat her long-lost sister for the role of alpha, she refuses. That is until she learns that the strange and alluring vampire she’s befriended, Owen, is the same vampire prince that’s been promised the winner.
Regan has no doubt that, although she loathes the vampires, it will be her who “wins” Owen.

Only problem: Charlie’s already fallen for him.

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