Member Book Reviews – #RRBC

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  1. This is my review for The Enigma Factor.
    I gave it 3 stars.
    Sadly I found much of this story slow and tedious. Admittedly It is not the genre I would usually choose. This lead me to the reason I choose to read it as I hoped my mind-set might be altered.
    I have to confess to being ‘technophobic’ so the technical use of language was lost on me.
    I listened to the story on audio, well read, but sadly did little to improve my enjoyment of the story.

    I gave the book 3 stars as I enjoyed the developing relationship between Jacob and his lover and the caring side with his mother and the girl in the café.I give nothing more away.
    I hasten to add this is my personal opinion and that those who enjoy computers and their complexes are likely to thoroughly enjoy the tale and those following in the series. (less)

    Joy M. Lilley


  2. Hello Everyone,
    I am finally taking the times to write my reviews.
    Today I have posted on Amazon Germany reviews for:

    Destiny Dreamer by Rox Burkey and Charles Breakfield.
    The One Chosen by Yvette Callerio
    Open A New Door by Robbie Cheadle.

    As soon as I get the approval of Amazon Germany I will write the link here.

    Shalom aleichem

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  3. Happy Saturday authors and readers. I posted my 4 star review of Pat Garcia’s A Shared Dream. It begins… Author Pat Garcia explores a private relationship between Chance and Gavino Mancini. This summer to spring marriage has its share of challenges. The couple, separated for years by Chance’s sense of failure to create a family, while she still retained her deep passion for her soulmate. …

    Enjoy the story. If you haven’t grabbed it, now is the time to add it to your collection.

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  4. A SHARED DREAM, by Pat Garcia, is actually a story of two dreams. Chance and Gavino are in love. When circumstances derail their plan for the future, Chance makes the decision to forge a new path, and to do it alone. Never content with her decision, however, when Gavino challenges her choice, the two of them confront their questions with the hope of finding an answer. If explicit sex is not your reading preference, stay away, but if realistic life choices intrigue you, A SHARED DREAM is a story you’ll enjoy. It is a well written story of enduring love and a dream that refused to die.


  5. In DESTINY DREAMER, by Breakfield and Burkey, Jamie and Ian are epitome of brotherly love. After the construction of the franken-cycle, a motorcycle that mirrors its name, the brothers work and save to buy two street-worthy bikes and set off on a road trip, before they move on to college. The trip changes Jamie’s life. Years later, on another trip, Jamie reflects upon his past, and the trauma he has faced, certain that his future will never be what he had dreamed of in his youth. But before his trip ends, it looks like destiny takes charge. When this story began, I thought I knew how it would move forward, even how it would end. I was not even close. The characters are realistic, as are the circumstances, and I always prefer fiction that has a ring of truth. Buy this book!


  6. UNWELCOMED, by John Podlaski is realistic fiction that could actually happen. When Johnny gets home from Vietnam, he finds out that although he is old enough to be a combat veteran, he isn’t old enough to buy a handgun. A shotgun will have to suffice. As it turns out, maybe it was for the better. The veteran thought he was finished with war, but when his home comes under attack, his sister turns to him for protection, and he doesn’t hesitate. This isn’t the first story I’ve read by this author, and I’m looking forward to his next book. I enjoyed UNWELCOMED and recommend it for a quick and entertaining read.


  7. I just posted a 5 star review on Amazon for Tonya Penrose’s second book in the Shell Isle Series, Red, White and Boom. It is a delightful sleuthing adventure with cousins Page Wright and Betsy Ross as they solve another murder mystery with suspense, hilarity, colorful characters, and a hint of romance.

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  8. I received CRIMSON AT CAPE MAY, by Randy Overbeck, as a gift, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I didn’t read the first book in the series, but will be getting it.

    In this novel, it is not his choice, but Darrell sees ghosts, and the Haunted Bride won’t take “go away” for an answer to her appearance. Reluctantly, but with some help from his friends, Darrell accommodates her request for assistance. After a bit of a slow start, this paranormal mystery continues at full speed The well developed characters are memorable, as the story charges forward and keeps the reader’s attention. The author has created an engaging plot with a twist and a satisfying ending. If you enjoy ghosts and mystery novels, this one is for you.


  9. Good Morning all, I posted my 4 star review of Empty Seats by Wanda Fischer. It begins …Author Wanda Adams Fischer delivers a story that begins with three pitchers entering Minor League baseball with the Montreal Expos. Each of these young men spent their early lives wanting to play ball in the major leagues, idolizing the players of the 1960s. The…
    I hope you read the whole review and grab the book today. Talk soon.

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  10. I just finished my 4-star review of THE EDGE OF FEAR by Maura Beth Brennan on Amazon. Here it is in its entirety:

    I thoroughly enjoyed “EDGE OF FEAR” by Maura Beth Brennan. Hattie and Eli are married and have a 3-year old daughter, Lilly. Hattie’s former husband, Frank, was hurting for money and needed a big hit. He worked for the mob in Florida and murdered the boss’ nephew. He moved up to Maine, disguised himself, and put his plan in place for a windfall.

    Lilly suddenly disappeared from school and everyone gets involved to find her. The case soon goes cold and after three months, Hattie and her best friend, Celine, head out and begin their own investigation. Readers find themselves going in different directions as the author does an excellent job at keeping the identity of the kidnapper a secret until the second half of the book. And then, there are secrets, and double-crosses, one after the other.

    One sure-fire of making some money and ‘selling’ Lilly backfires and the kidnapper’s girlfriend finds herself and Lilly both captive by a sinister group of individuals. I stayed up late last night to finish the story. I was captivated and had to see how it played out. Highly recommended.

    Note: in the last 15% of the book, I did come across some extra words – three times that I remember – that should have been removed during editing.

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  11. I have read Cadenza by Lisa Kirazian, and posted a review on Amazon.
    Five stars

    An uplifting finale
    Now I have read all three books of The Music We Made and feel delighted and satisfied. You may say I am biased because I am a classical music enthusiast so that I can hear the music in my head from the pieces mentioned in the manuscript. Indeed, Ms. Kirazian tells the main characters’ passions and desires through various operatic arias and famous pop lyrics along with her wordcraft. However, it is much more than that. I embrace this series because of the effective writing, plot, and profound emotion emanating from the lines and pages. The love, forgiveness, and kindness pulsating through generations are heart-warming; it makes you appreciate the family and friendship with no sugar-coating. I also applaud the author for unapologetically sharing the strength and encouragement derived from divine spirits and faith via a straightforward narrative. Besides music and romance, this book also includes a good dose of suspense, making it a page-turner. Ms. Kirazian ties up all the loose ends and concludes the series with an uplifting finale. I definitely recommend this book to readers of all ages who enjoy a good read.

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  12. I just finished NO PEDIGREE, by Nonnie Jules. Hate emanates from some of the characters, but friendship and love are also apparent in this emotional story about a young woman’s personal battle against a racist community. Baylee and her mother are new in town, but because of the color of their skin, are not readily accepted. At school, Baylee is either shunned or bullied, until she becomes acquainted with two people, who seem willing to accept her for who she is. The resulting relationships couldn’t be more different. One person becomes Baylee’s lifelong friend, and loves her like a sister, while the other brutally attacks her, in a senseless rampage of hatred. Throughout the challenges, Baylee never strays from her goal, and she gives Karma a little help in turning the tables. Although it was said that Baylee has no pedigree, she has style and determination, which serve her well. NO PEDIGREE is a short, but five star read that you don’t want to miss.

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  13. THE EDGE OF FEAR, by Maura Beth Brennan is a mystery lover’s delight. With beautifully developed characters, including Max the shaggy dog, and a solid plot the author has created a winner. The storyline has enough twists to keep the reader turning pages, so I’d suggest you don’t start this book with the intention of reading just a few chapters before bed. Divorced and remarried, Hattie’s life is good and it would seem that she doesn’t have a problem in the world, but when her daughter is kidnapped, Hattie’s world is turned upside down. Although the police are doing what they can to find Lilly, Hattie believes she can do more, and with the help of her best friend, she does. Well done!


  14. I have posted a review of Yvette Calleiro’s Breathless on Amazon (June 29, 2021) Here is the link:

    And the text:
    Girl finds boy out of reach, a common plo line in romantic films or novels. Whether it’s a chauffeur’s daughter in the movie Sabrina or a hotel assistant like in Maid in Manhattan, social class is often a barrier hard to breach. Such is the case with Yvette Calleiro’s protagonist in “Breathless,” yet the plot in her story comes with a twist. Silena, the main character, yearns for the attention of the handsome but narcissistic William, which sets the plot in motion. Using the license of the paranormal, the author puts a spell on the self-indulgent William, who appears able to offer only tainted love. The spell in this story is designed to teach the arrogant cad a lesson: Genuine love alone will release you from the kiss of death.

    In a carefully-constructed short story, Calleiro cleverly reverses the conclusion of most tales in which kisses usually revive the damsel in distress. A cross between a typical fairy tale and Oscar Wilde’s The Portrait of Dorian Gray, “Breathless” is a cautionary tale about acting before counting the consequences.

    I can imagine this 36-page story as part of a collection of other suspenseful stories or a thread in a longer work of fiction. Those who like stories which dip into fantasy and the paranormal will be intrigued with this romantic tale.

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  15. Just posted a 4 star review for the short story Sahara Heat by Maura Beth Brennan. It is well written and eloquently conveys the making of a true diabolical manipulator who will do anything for her own gain.

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  16. Hi all. I posted my 5 star review of Gotta Find A Home 2 by Dennis Cardiff. It begins… Author Dennis Cardiff spent years reaching out to learn about one person at a time. Not in a prying, judgmental manner, but more of a what a human being can do to help. Chronicling the lives of these individuals allows Dennis’s readers to envision the person, their challenges, their tragedies, and their pain. Enjoy the rest of my review or better yet, read the story and consider making a difference in your community.

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  17. I posted a four star review for two enjoyable short stories by Karen Black. Treacherous Love was a brief but pungent look into an abusive marriage. In a twist from the norm, the abuser is the wife. This story portrayed the helplessness of the situation, especially when the male is often not believed. The second story is A Candle in the Darkness. This is a well-written emotional story about the devastation from losing someone dear to you and finding the beginning threads of hope.

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    1. Thank you, Joy, for taking a chance on my stories and taking the time to write your much appreciated reviews. I am always delighted when someone enjoys something I’ve written. Best wishes!


  18. Just posted a 4 star review for Baubles to Die For by Tonya Penrose. It was a delightful cozy mystery with charming characters and page turning action. The dialogue was smart, witty and humorous. I really enjoyed the adventure with amateur sleuths , Page and Betsy.

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  19. Hi all. I just posted my 4 star review for Murder Me Tomorrow by one of our newest member Keith Wright. It begins, Author Keith Wright sets up this story by introducing the main characters as regular everyday people. Paul, his wife Ella, and daughter, Jemma, are at the funeral of Ella’s father. Inspector Stark is getting ready for work when his wife, Carol, suggests he needs to deal with his stress. The normalizing of the characters shows the human side of Inspector Stark. Please consider reading the rest of it.

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  20. On May 31 , 2021 I read and reviewed “Breathless by Yvette Calliero. I give it 5 stars for superb writing and good storytelling.

    Short and Sweet!
    That’s the only way to describe this delightful short story. The author does it again. The story is a little different than your normal fairy tale. Instead of kissing and living happily ever after, there is twist.
    Silena is a middle-aged maid working in a speakeasy of sorts. She is enamored of William who is the resident handsome hunk. But Silena has powers which she must use for good. She has been forewarned by her mother. She ignores those warnings and decides that she must have William. She bewitches him into going out on a date with her and just as they are about to consummate their night together, she reveals who she is. He is surprised that he knows her because she is a woman he ignores most nights. She is the maid, after all.

    She uses her powers to get him to go out with her.

    There is no full description of the time-period, but it appears to be the roaring 20’s. I must not have been paying attention. But that can happen with short stories. You can miss the details. But it didn’t take away from a smooth reading experience. It left me wanting more.

    There was no editing hiccups that would cause me to pause and re-read a sentence. It was a smooth ride from beginning to end and before I could catch my breath, it was over. And that is what short stories do. If they’re good, they end too soon.

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  21. I have posted a review on Amazon for Dennis Cardiff’s terrific book ‘Gotta Find A Home – Conversations with street people.’
    ‘I highly recommend this book. It is an insightful first-hand account of people whose circumstances have led them to the streets.
    Cardiff garnered the trust of his newfound friends and recounts the details of their lives.
    The nuance and detail add to the writing, drawing the reader in and making us hope for better outcomes for those embroiled in situations we hope to never encounter ourselves.’
    5 stars.

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  22. Just posted two reviews on Amazon, each for a book well worth reading. The first is Bette A. Stevens’s nostalgic and bittersweet short story of a day in the life of two boys in 1950’s rural New England. It is a eautifully written prequel to her Dog Bone Soup, which I now realize I must read! My second review is for Race into Murder by Karen Black, an exciting peek into the racing world written with an insider’s knowledge. I was disappointed by a nuber of editorial issues, but the book is an exciting and fun read with an unexpeted ending.

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    1. Thank you for reading RACE INTO MURDER. I am more than delighted that you got past the editorial issues (which are being addressed) and enjoyed the story overall. Thank you for your support.


  23. Hi all. I posted my Amazon 3-star review for a new author to me, Jennifer Hinsman, for Angel of Death. It begins Author Jennifer Hinsman lays the foundation of two girls from separate ends of economic and nurturing family backgrounds. Tancy Collins grows up without both parents in supporting roles. She made her way, starting in her 11th year, developing strong self-reliance skills. Audrey Greer spent her youth pampered in Texas with society parents mapping the lives of their children. At age 11, her parents threw her a party most brides envy… A good book with an interesting approach of both ends against the middle.

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  24. Hi Everyone–I just posted a four-star review for the second book in Linnea Tanner’s trilogy, “Of Clansmen and Kings” on Amazon.

    This is the second book in Linnea Tanner’s trilogy, “Curse of Clansmen and Kings,” focusing on many of the same characters, taking place in 24 AD. Caitlin is a princess in Brittania. She’s fallen in love with a Roman warrior, Marcellus, much to the chagrin of her father, Amren. Her power-hungry brother Marrock, who can shape-shift into a wolf, has killed his mother, who took over the bodily form of another person.

    Caitlin and Marcellus have become romantically involved, against the rules of intermarriage between Romans and non-Romans. Marcellus has also had an affair with an older woman back in Rome. As punishment, he’s sent to serve in the Roman forces for two years under Decimus, a commander in the Roman army.

    I don’t want to give away much more about this novel because I don’t want to give away more of the plot than that. However, the writing is excellent and the author has obviously done an enormous amount of research about this time period. I’m struck by the cruelty of the time–how people in power treat other humans as if they’re animals, how they use crucifixion and beheading without even a second thought, how they treat women as if they don’t matter. The descriptions are chilling and all-too-real, almost like watching a gory movie in some parts. The characters come alive in the pages of the book, showing the author’s shill in creating believable characters, even though so many of them rely on magic and the power of legends and gods. The reality within the pages is what impressed me most about this book, as it did in the first one. I normally don’t read books of this genre, but I couldn’t put this book down.

    On to book 3!

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  25. Hi all, happy Sunday. Rain is our strong suit this year. The ground is like a sponge that simply cannot absorb another drop, squishy. I posted my 4 star review on amazon for Baubles to Die For by Tonya Penrose. It is going to be a great series. My review begins, Author Tonya Penrose immediately grabs her reader with a hidden, undiscovered mystery. She creates the exchange between Page and Betsy as two women who have tripped across strange behaviors in their past. The economized descriptions paint a picture of the location and characters.

    check out the rest on line. Have a great week, all.

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  26. Hi all, Happy Memorial Day. Thank you to those who served or are severing. I wanted to let you know the review for Maura Beth Brennan’s thriller, The Edge of Fear is now on Amazon. The 4 start review begins, Author Maura Beth Brennan masterfully creates a thriller with chilling twists and turns. The delivery is fast-paced and engaging. I enjoyed watching Hattie, or Harriet as she was known, try to maintain her calm exterior, especially when Lilly ends up missing. … Enjoy this one all.

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  27. Happy Memorial Day! I just completed my review of 2125: Home of the Brave by Karl Morgan and posted my 4-star review on Amazon. Here it is in its entirety:

    Unfortunately, this is the first book I’ve read in the series and it took almost 25% before I realized who the allies were and whom they were fighting. This is not the author’s fault because I would have been able to follow the story from the beginning of book 4 had I started the series at book 1. The many characters and groups only confused me early on.

    Unlike zombies and EMP survival stories, Karl Morgan took readers into a future world that he designed. One that posed the possibility of cannibals ruling the world and feasting on the slaving population. The Arena scenes were heartwrenching and depicted scenes similar to Roman times where Christians were fed to the lions. This time, the animals are redesigned children capable of ripping humans apart with the least amount of effort.

    The story flowed well as each POV of the various groups (tribes) was featured in every chapter. The Olympians reminded me of Mt. Olympus and the Gods. They had superpowers and “feelings” that may cause their destruction unless they see the light. Jack Kennedy turns on that light.

    Jack, a teenager, was highly regarded by all the groups. The bad guys wanted to eat him, and the good guys adored him – heralding him as a savior.

    My only complaint which cost a star was that the story was rife with misused words…not typos, just words used incorrectly which caused me some pause while reading. Otherwise, I would recommend 2125: Home of the Brave to anyone interested in Sci-fi and futuristic battles between humans, robots, and others. My only caution is to not consider this book as a stand-alone.


  28. Hi all. Good Sunday to you. I finished the strip down memory lane thanks to Bette Stevens short story Pure Trash. I snagged during one of the recent events with RRBC. You can see the rest of my 5 star review on Amazon but it begins: Author Bette A. Stevens brings small-town America to life with delightful home-spun words and visuals. Readers can see, feel, hear, and taste every morsel of this prequel. I find it amazing that relating a poor boy’s adventure is rich with activity, imagination, and learning.


  29. Good Wednesday all. Really looking forward to the Let’s Talk About It show tonight. Hope to see you there. Posted the 4 star review for Cherries by John Podlaski – Note I did the audible version, thank you John for this option. It begins, Author John Podlaski delivers a detailed journal of his journey and horrific experiences in Vietnam. When viewed as a realistic memoir, you find a different type of character development. The characters are those John served with as a family. In relating events over his tour of duty, … the remainder is available on Amazon

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  30. Hi everyone, and happy Monday! I have just posted a review on Amazon and it should be live in a day or two.
    A Five-Star for the wonderful “Grief Doodling” by Harriet Hodgson. This is a terrific, well-researched book that could be used to work through any emotions, not just grief. It would be a thoughtful gift for anyone suffering a loss, and could be used, with adult guidance, even for small children who cannot put their grief into words. I’m going to give it as a gift to a loved one who lost a parent and also use it for myself to work through stress (not that we authors are under any stress, lol).

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  31. Over the weekend I read two short stories and recommend both. Both have been reviewed on Amazon.

    ONE CHANCE ENCOUNTER, by Joy Lilley, tells the tale of a woman who has risen above strife throughout her life. After meeting a charming man and then finding a connection to him on the internet, a long distance relationship develops. Moyra’s friendship depends on social media for interaction and she falls in love. When she discovers things are not what they seem, Moyra escapes what could have been a disastrous situation.
    The story line is excellent. After a slow start, the online relationship is established and the pace picks up. Moyra is a well-developed character and certainly memorable. The story’s ending is perfect.

    In PURE TRASH, by Bette Stevens, the author did an excellent job of describing the less than desirable circumstances of a poor family in the fifties. With an alcoholic father, nine-year-old Shawn takes on substantial responsibility, not only with chores around his home, but also in looking after his younger brother. He tries to ignore those who belittle him, and it’s a lot for a child to deal with. The dialogue between the two boys is realistic and the characters are endearing. The relationship between the brothers is beautifully portrayed.


  32. Happy Sunday evening! I just left my 4* review of APOLLO’S RAVEN by Linnea Tanner on Amazon. Here it is in its entirety: This is not my normal genre, but the blurb sounded interesting and I thought I’d give it a try. Apollo’s Raven (Curse of Clansmen and Kings) by Linnea Tanner intrigued me. I found it to be a story of magic, politics, God’s and Goddesses, sacrifices (animal & human), war, betrayal, and love.

    When the Romans landed on the shores of Britannia in 24 A.D., their plan was to garner the support of certain Village Kings in order to conquer them all in the near future. The king’s daughter, Catrin, discovers that she has certain ‘witching’ powers and uses them in hopes of breaking the prophecy set upon her village and people – a curse cast by the king’s former wife as he chopped off her head. Did she really die?

    The curse involves her son, a shapeshifter whom the king banished years before, and the Romans who are destined to plunder and kill everyone in the kingdom. There’s a lot going on in the story with many twists and curves along the way.

    Catrin and Marcellus, a Roman nobleman and grandson of Marc Anthony, who is not much older than her 16 years, fall in love while each is charged by their father to seduce the other in order to gain inside information. So is this true love or are they using each other?

    I was in awe of the world the author created. Her prose and dialog also made it appear as if this story was actually written during that era. Although this is the first book of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone without a cliffhanger at the end. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and will be continuing the series to see what becomes of Catrin and Marcellus.

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  33. Hi all, Happy May. I wanted to let you know that Charles Jones book Amilcar: The Blythe Valley Chronicles, rated 4 stars from me with my review posted on Amazon. It begins, Author Charles W Jones is at it again in creating a world in the city of Waldgrave, beginning with an art and antiquity appraiser, Kendric. The hook, Waldgrave has a secret, was enough for me to keep turning the pages. Mr. Jones is excellent at rapidly developing characters and highlighting their flaws.

    Check it out readers you’ll be delighted this horror tale.

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  34. On April 26, 2021 I purchased the following: The Enigma Ignite: -A Techno Thriller (The Enigma by Breakfield & Burkey; and Empty Seats by Wanda Fischer.

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  35. I read “Amilcar” by Charles Jones. The novel starts with action and doesn’t slow down. I found the description of the Cercueil de Bete fascinating. The story grabbed me from the beginning as I anticipated meeting the beast that the casket held.
    As the drama unfolds, there are quite a few characters. In some ways, the novel is like a series of short stories effectively woven together by a common thread, Amilcar.
    The storyline is good, and horror aficionados will turn the pages quickly. “Amilcar” is worth the price of admission, and I recommend it.


  36. Hello, here is my review of Review of Ronald L. Powell, Missing in Action, by Shirley H. Slaughter .
    A heartbreaking account of a beloved brother lost to war and the author’s struggle to come to terms a brother who’d never return home. The lack of transparency shown by the government adds more pain and fails to cause any closure for the family.

    Deep and personal, this short story draws sympathy for the family and in the end, left me feeling great admiration for the brave men and women who put their lives on the line, in service. I was also discouraged by the lack of concern on behalf of the government to be forthcoming in the facts of his death. A wonderful tribute to Ronald. Three Stars.


  37. My 5-star review of If Only there was Music by Nonnie Jules and Giani Jordan
    If Only There Was Music… is a unique poetry collection that explores all aspects of forbidden love from the perspectives of each of a man and a woman involved in an elicit relationship. It also presents their combined view as the crescendo to the book.

    What I liked best about this collection, was the range of feelings and thoughts it covered; from the purest and most romantic form of love to the affiliated emotions of jealousy, loss, despair, hurt, doubt, and rage. Although I enjoyed all the poems, I related more to the poems presenting the female side of the affair.

    A few of my favourite verses illustrating this broad spectrum of emotions are as follows:

    “Promises made in the dark of night
    Promises broken in broad daylight
    I opened myself up
    Let him in
    He promised he’d never hurt me
    But he did … again.”
    From Broken Promises

    “My eyes intoxicate and lure
    The man whose heart is unsure
    If he should love again
    Yet, he trusts what he sees…
    In my eyes”
    From My Eyes

    “Yesterday my smile wasn’t here
    Yesterday I felt the greatest fear
    Yesterday that newborn wasn’t new
    But, yesterday, I didn’t have you.”
    From Yesterday, my favourite poem in this collection.

    “I ponder in awe,
    The miraculous mystery –
    The miracle of love.
    Seeing, feeling and living
    This mystery; and yet
    Unable to fully understand
    The wonder of you…”

    If you have ever been in love, are still in love, or hope to one day be in love, you should enjoy this wonderful poetic expression of love.

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    1. I recently read and reviewed THE ENIGMA FACTOR, the first in the techno thriller series by Breakfield and Burkey. I found the book had a fascinating (or perhaps terrifying, depending on your perspective) premise and some interesting characters, even if both were not as finely developed as they could be. The story did prove to be somewhat prophetic since the featured antagonists were elite Russian and Chinese hackers. Can you say 2020? 3.5 stars mostly for potential.
      Randy Overbeck


  38. On April 16, 2021, I posted my four-star review of Linnea Tanner’s “Apollo’s Raven,” the first book in her three-book series, on Amazon. I am reading the second book now as well. Here’s the review:

    Apollo’s Raven (Curse of Clansmen and Kings, Book I) tells a tale of war, magic, intrigue, miscommunication, violence and romance between two star-crossed lovers. Set in 24 AD on the south coast of Brittania, this book explores the a world beyond the comprehension of most people in today’s modern world–no electricity, no running water, no way to communicate except to send a courier on horseback or on foot to carry a message.

    I am always impressed when an author is able to create a whole new world of characters, especially one based on history, such as this one. This author has succeeded with Apollo’s Raven. She uses skill with language to weave a portrait of a world in which I would never want to live (despite my Celtic heritage) because of the cruelty, violence and sheer ruthlessness of the times. This is a world where people punch or use a weapon first and ask questions later, where the role the gods play in everyday life (including animal and human sacrifice) is chilling, and where the absence of medical treatment means that people die of minor injuries.

    I enjoyed this book and am anxious now to read the second book in this series. I’m impressed with the way this author has woven the tale and will continue to follow the characters in the saga she’s created.

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  39. Here is my review of “Open, Shut A Short Story, by Nonnie Jules.
    This story is told from the POV of Darcy Lynn after her sister, Lola, was killed. Too young to remember the horrific details of her sister’s death, years later, Darcy seeks answers from Lola’s diary. What she finds is staggering. Her parents, sworn not to divulge a terrible secret to her younger siblings, by Lola herself, had never revealed the whole truth.

    But has Lola really left? Soon after her sister’s death, Darcy Lynn experiences strange phenomena that cannot be explained by science, or her atheist parents. Darcy Lynn begins to question her own beliefs and comes to understand that the visible may not be all there is. Open, Shut is an invitation to consider this possibility.

    Nonnie does a great job in the creation of realistic and ordinary characters, who encounter the extraordinary. There is plenty of growth in all of them, a key ingredient for a great story.

    The central message was that good things can come from tragedy. The story flows evenly and logically to towards that end. As a man of faith, I really enjoyed this book. I highly recommend it to anyone who has experienced great loss and for those who struggle with the ‘big picture.’ I’m giving this one, FOUR STARS!

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  40. Yesterday, April 12, 2021, I posted a 5-star review for Harriet Hodgson’s Grief Doodling, a self-help book. The book deserves 5-stars in my opinion because of its intrinsic value, showing a path toward healing from grief and also for the original art work. Here is my review with link:

    Harriet Hodgson is the author of 42 books. Harriet is also an artist. When her husband died recently, she used the art of doodling to cope with the tremendous loss. Beginning with the premise that doodling is fun, Hodgson uses illustrations from her own grief doodling to encourage readers to give vent to their grief. Such brief units as “Just Listen,” “Crying Speaks for You,” “Looking to Others,” and “Dandelion Wishes,” help chart a path toward healing. In my opinion, “Bringing Back Your Smiles” is an apt subtitle for this book.

    Hodgson admits to being in her mid-eighties and shows no sign of slowing down. In addition to her prolific output of literary work, she has appeared on more than a hundred talk shows, including CNN. This book would be helpful for caregivers and others who love the bereaved. The author is a certified art therapist, like my daughter-in-law, with whom I will surely share this labor of love, a handbook of creative exercises.

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  41. Hi, Everyone! I recently posted a five-star review on Amazon for Randy Overbeck’s book, Blood on the Chesapeake. It’s live on Amazon, but I forgot to add my comment here, so here it is. Yes, I had to give this book five stars, no question. It had a great plot, engaging and believable characters, a charming love story, a good dose of suspense and an ominous overshadowing of the otherworldly. And the writing style was delightful – clear, concise, descriptive without being overdone. Perfection!!

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  42. Happy April Fools Day! I just completed THE ROAD TO SARATIN by Charles Jones and left 4* reviews on Amazon and elsewhere. Here it is in its entirety:

    The Dystopian genre is one that I seldom read but thought I’d give THE ROAD TO SARATIN by Charles W. Jones a try. When starting the story, I found myself confused about what was actually happening and it took me a few chapters to finally figure it out. At that point, I put on my seatbelt and buckled in for the ride.

    In this future wasteland, greed and power-hungry individuals tried to take over the world, using chemicals and doing experiments on individuals to build great armies. When Carl turned six, his mother took him to the Freedom Institute for help because he constantly heard a jumble of voices in his head. The doctor at the institute prodded, probed, and experimented on the boy for the next twenty-two years. At that time, the voices finally communicated with Carl as one and convinced him to leave the institute. One day, he simply walked out.

    Carl could not believe the world was as it was, filled now with pestilence, freaks, mutants and the threat of poisoning from the atmosphere. He had to find his mother who lived in Saratin.

    The book kind of reminded me of a television series called, INTO THE BADLANDs where the leaders of the individual clans always battled one another in attempts to take over it all. In this story, there was also deceit, magic, corruption, and visions of a perfect society.

    In his quest, Carl finds that the voices in his head can physically materialize and help him on his journey. Along the way, people try to capture or kill him, others go out of their way to help him. His voices all try to guide and protect him.

    The ending brings it all together for a final battle. Good against evil. Winner take all!

    I have to admit that this story stretched my imagination to the limits…not like SciFi, but kind of like Mad Max or Divergent; a wasteland and people trying to survive. I did not find any errors, and once I was on board, the story moved fluently until the end. Recommend to all who enjoy reading this genre.


  43. Hello Everyone–Here is my five-star review of Karen Black’s Treacherous Love. I have posted it on Amazon and am awaiting the ink.

    This is the story of a couple who, on the surface, seem to be happily married. Ethan and Rochelle seem like a typical suburban couple with one child. But behind closed doors, they have a secret: domestic violence–with a twist: It’s not Ethan abusing Rochelle. Rather, it’s Rochelle who abuses Ethan. Ethan works in an office filled with woman, and the insanely jealous Rochelle is convinced that he’s having an affair with one of them. She doesn’t trust him to be faithful to her, although he is.

    Meanwhile, just as the stereotypically female domestic abuse victim, Ethan has visible signs of Rochelle’s physical abuse. He makes excuses for his bruises and injuries. He loves her, although this reader doesn’t know why. In fact, this reader doesn’t understand why he stays with her, despite the fact that they have a child together. He finally talks her into counseling, and their lives seem to improve. Or do they?

    The author takes readers on a journey into the dark world of domestic violence with this twist of where the man is the one being abused, and this is part of the domestic abuse equation in this country, although the reverse is the more common one that most people know. The intense anger that jealousy awakens in some people that lead to this type of abuse–whether from a female or male–upon his or her partner–becomes evident through the author’s strong writing. This reader has no idea how women or men can remain with someone who constantly abuses them, but then again, this reader has never been in that situation.

    I applaud this author for bringing this topic to the forefront with excellent writing, sensitivity and an ending that I won’t divulge, but that, unfortunately, is something that is all too common in domestic violence cases. I think Treacherous Love should be must-reading for all police officers and social workers in their training programs. Perhaps it would give them an idea of what happens inside such a relationship.

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    1. Thank you for reading “Treacherous Love,” Wanda, and for writing your much appreciated review. Although the story is fiction, similar circumstances to those described are all too often factual.


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