Member Book Reviews – #RRBC

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  1. Hi Everyone–Here’s my five-star review of Karen Black’s “A Wish and His Demand.” Just posted it on Amazon.

    Young Amanda strives to be a writer. On a visit to a fair, she meets a vendor who gives her a magic pen and inkwell, with the promise that it will help put her well on her way to becoming a successful writer. That prophesy comes true; Amanda and her ever-present cat, Odin, stick together as Amanda’s burgeoning writing career soars. Amanda’s one true love has left the area and married someone else. That marriage ended in divorce; she still loves him.

    Enter a mysterious–and handsome–stranger who appears in Amanda’s dreams at first, but then becomes physically real. He demands she make a choice between her life and the magic pen. What transpires after that is a swirling description involving Odin the cat, the ex-boyfriend, and the magic pen.

    I enjoy this author’s works, whether it’s a short story or a full-length novel. She has an uncanny way of creating characters and weaving them into believable tales with just the right touch of magic or mysticism. I recommend this story for anyone who wants to read a story with many surprises and terrific writing.

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  2. Happy Thursday! I just posted a 4-star review of Lisa Kirazian’s Cadenza: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2TUAFNVC7F1HZ/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

    Here is the review text:
    Author Lisa Kirazian, musician and writer, orchestrates a large cast of characters in Cadenza, the finale to a saga titled “The Music We Made,” one that spans generations. The author is a master of dialogue but offers the reader some good exposition as well: “His mental capacities were not gone but weakened from PTSD, war, being a POW, wandering with a lost identity, in and out of halfway houses until he found his calling in a garden: a finite space to tend, an infinite source of new life, the colors of the earth, of peace.”

    I have read only Cadenza, the last book in her trilogy, comparable to hearing the final movement in a symphony. Overall, I did find impressive the integration of music into the written word, which strikes me as a natural inclination for a violinist turned author.

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  3. Good evening, all! I just completed my 5-star review of THE GRANDMA FORCE by Harriet Hodgson on Amazon and elsewhere. Here’s what I wrote:

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading THE GRANDMA FORCE by Harriet Hodgson. I’m a first-time grandpa for the last 4+ years and spend my time daily with my wife as we watch our granddaughter while our single-parent daughter works. The job was easier before Scarlett could crawl. Afterward, our days turned into marathons, both of us falling exhausted into our chairs at the end of the day, resting, for the next round tomorrow. This job was way harder than raising our only daughter four decades ago! For some reason, we are excessively protective of our granddaughter and try to keep one eye on her at all times. The house is anti-accident and curiosity proof but it’s almost impossible for only one of us to keep up with her. I thought that by reading Harriet’s book, I might compare what we do with what the experts say and learn some new insights.

    WOW, was I floored. I do consider Harriet an expert and enjoyed reading of those lessons she’s learned over the years. She also incorporated comments and ideas from others in the field. This book has everything a new or veteran grandparent could ask for. There are tips, ideas, rules, what to do and not to do, mentally, physically, and over time until these kids are adults.

    One part that caught my interest was Harriet’s explanation of guilt and saying ‘no’ to your kids. This is our problem and now we know what we should do.

    The story flows well, is interesting, funny at times, and is educational. We learned a lot and looking forward to our upcoming changes. Thank you, Harriet! Job well done!

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  4. Yesterday, Sept. 10, 2022, I posted a review to Amazon of Karen Black’s short story, A Wish and His Demand. I gave it 5 stars because it’s well written, has a satisfying ending, and I couldn’t put it down! Here’s the review:

    Captivating Paranormal Tale

    I was captivated from the start when young Amanda, on a picnic with her mother, spun a tale about a cat she pictured in the clouds. When they went to a fair, the author quickly built the atmosphere to a sense of expectancy with details that hinted at something extraordinary about to happen. A stranger gives Amanda an ink pen and a full crystal inkwell, a gift that helps her fulfill her dream of becoming a best-selling author. When years later, an entity tied to the pen and inkwell makes his presence known to her, she discovers the gift came with a price; one she is not willing to pay.

    This well-crafted story kept me intrigued until its satisfying ending. I highly recommend this short read to anyone who enjoys a good paranormal / supernatural story.

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    1. I like that. I posted my 5* review of A Wish and His Deman by Karen Black today. It begins

      Cloud art is the perfect activity to spark imagination and living discussion between a mother and her daughter. Amanda discovered her talent for spinning tales as a child with her best friend, Jonah. Later she explored her writing skills when she received a pen and full crystal inkwell from a flea market

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  5. Hi, Everyone! I posted a 5-star review of Karen Black’s story, A Wish and His Demand, on Amazon yesterday, September 10, 2022. Here it is:

    Captivating Paranormal Tale

    I was captivated from the start when young Amanda, on a picnic with her mother, spun a tale about a cat she pictured in the clouds. When they went to a fair, the author quickly built the atmosphere to a sense of expectancy with details that hinted at something extraordinary about to happen. A stranger gives Amanda an ink pen and a full crystal inkwell, a gift that helps her fulfill her dream of becoming a best-selling author. When years later, an entity tied to the pen and inkwell makes his presence known to her, she discovers the gift came with a price; one she is not willing to pay.

    This well-crafted story kept me intrigued until its satisfying ending. I highly recommend this short read to anyone who enjoys a good paranormal / supernatural story.

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  6. Hello. All. I just posted to Amazon a review of “Memories of Mom: Rave Soup for the Writer’s Soul Anthology (5 stars, although it seems to take a while to appear!). Here it is as well:

    Emotional and beautiful journeys….

    What a lovely and inspiring book. The examples of our mothers are so impacting. I cried through so many of these reflections – PTL Perrin’s “Free Spirit,” Pat Garcia’s “Tribute to Emma…” But I was also challenged and informed, by the wisdom of many of the pieces as well: “Where You Find Mess” by Nonnie Jules, Marian Beaman’s “Mother Ruth…” and so many more. This is for all year-round, not just Mother’s Day or holidays (although it would make a great gift. I was honored to be part of the anthology but even more so I’m inspired by the examples of my and everyone else’s mother reflected in this anthology. Do not miss this.

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  7. Happy Labor Day! I just posted a 4-star review of Yvette Calleiro’s Escaping the Woods on Amazon:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R2TNWX2C8YIQAV/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B0B558WVKX

    Imagine yourself a middle schooler newly transplanted from Miami, Florida. You’ve exchanged palm trees for oaks draped in Spanish moss in Mississippi. Isabella, a military brat, finds herself in such a setting with her new-found friend Janine exploring a woods and finding more adventure than she bargained for. Author Yvette Calleiro delivers a thrilling story of suspense exploring the themes of friendship and trust. The short story “Escaping the Woods,” told with sensory detail and credible dialogue, rekindled my own memories of middle school days, escaping the woods and making it out alive.

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  8. A great evening to all. I just posted my 5-star review of THE LEGEND OF ETHNI LEDOUX on Amazon. Here it is in its entirety:

    The LEGEND OF ETHNI LEDOUX by Linda Mims is the first book of a new series. It introduces readers to a future pronounced savior of the people, akin to Joan of Arc. After the civil wars, groups of greedy individuals wreaked havoc on the world and caused starvation and homelessness. This group terrorized the people and ruled by fear. They called themselves Chaos.

    Over the years, these desolate populations heard about a group of mutants called Neons. They were winning battles against Chaos and giving the people back their honor, respect, and freedom. In the small town of Olive Branch, Mississippi, an underground rebellious group called Youth in Motion, sent out several pleas for help to the Neons.

    Ethni Ledoux, a twenty-two-year-old female, finally arrived as the Neon representative; her legendary acts against Chaos precede her and believers have her posters hanging on walls. She came to get rid of Chaos and free the people. Thus, the battle begins.

    This short story held my attention from the beginning and finished with a satisfactory conclusion. If you enjoy dystopian stories after the apocalypse, you’ll enjoy this one. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

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  9. Hello Everyone,
    Here is my review of I’ll Be Right Back by Maura Beth Brennan. I gave it 5 stars.
    The Amazon link is below and also the review.
    Shalom aleichem

    https://www.amazon.de/review/RTCIQ0MUR5ESQ/ref=pe_1604851_66412761_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

    This Short Story is mystery pure. A man who has never been acknowledged by his mother marries a woman who is totally unacceptable to the mother, although her son is a nobody in her eyes. The storyline is beautifully written with tension as the main female character leaves the house to walk the dog and disappears. The pressure builds with each page. I kept asking myself what was going to happen when he found her. And I was shocked when I got to the end and saw what had happened. This author wove a pattern within the story that I will never forget, and I look forward to reading more of her works of fiction.

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