Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Book Review - First Ten Pages - Certainly Sensible by Pamela Woods-Jackson

As a reader, if my interest isn't stirred in the first ten pages of a book, it's most likely I won't take the time to read the rest of the story. First impressions do matter...

So, what exactly is the point of a ten page review? Obviously, it's not the story itself, the effectiveness of the plot development, the quality of character development, or the overall talent of the author. What I'm reviewing is the author's ability to draw me into their story in just a few pages. Can they give me a sense of place and time, set the tone of the story, make me care about their protagonist, and give me an impelling reason to keep reading. In today's competitive market, an author only gets a few pages to make all that happen for a reader. The rating reflects my view on those elements. It doesn't reflect on the whole book, since I haven't read the entire story. So I encourage those who read these reviews to keep that in mind and to peruse other whole-book reviews to help make your buying decisions.


Title: Certainly Sensible
Author: Pamela Woods-Jackson
Genre: Contemporary Roance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Review Rating: **** Intrigued - Taking This Home

Review Comments: 
Oh My! I have to take a minute and cool my temper because I want to choke one very dense man and his hateful new wife. Could two people be any more selfish and destructive? And who's on the receiving end of all this deviltry. His ex-wife and three daughters, of course!

How are Susan Benedict and her daughters going to manage being thrown out of their home? How is it going to affect their future? These are questions raised by the first ten pages of this book. With a small glimpse into the personalities of these four women, I think the story promises some very interesting twists and turns.

Quote from Book:

Susan just nodded as she walked upstairs to her room. Life would never be the same, not that anything had been normal since Daniel left. She quietly shut the door and collapsed onto her bed in tears of frustration.




Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Book Review - First Ten Pages - Out of Bounds by Melissa Klein

As a reader, if my interest isn't stirred in the first ten pages of a book, it's most likely I won't take the time to read the rest of the story. First impressions do matter...

So, what exactly is the point of a ten page review? Obviously, it's not the story itself, the effectiveness of the plot development, the quality of character development, or the overall talent of the author. What I'm reviewing is the author's ability to draw me into their story in just a few pages. Can they give me a sense of place and time, set the tone of the story, make me care about their protagonist, and give me an impelling reason to keep reading. In today's competitive market, an author only gets a few pages to make all that happen for a reader. The rating reflects my view on those elements. It doesn't reflect on the whole book, since I haven't read the entire story. So I encourage those who read these reviews to keep that in mind and to peruse other whole-book reviews to help make your buying decisions.


Title: Out of Bounds
Author: Melissa Klein
Genre: Contemporary/Military Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Review Rating: 
**** Intrigued - Taking This Home

Review Comments: 
A woman who lives by the rules and a man who lives to break the rules, now that's a pairing that any romantic wants to explore.  The first few pages highlight the roadblocks for these two people. With an antagonistic past of 20 years and competitive goals, it should be really fun to see how this couple finds the path to each other's heart.

Author Melissa Klein introduces two very different but equally interesting people with contrasting motivations and desires. I found myself wanting them both to come out on top, so to speak, but knew that change was inevitable. How much? How difficult? How painful? These were questions that definitely made this story a to-be-read choice.

Quote from Book:
 There wasn't a risk he hadn't taken or rule he hadn’t broken. He knew even as a kid that if he wanted to get ahead, he had to play out of bounds — which was the reason he and Avery got along about as well as wind shear and an ultralight. 




Book Review - First Ten Pages - The End of Camelot by Diana Rubino

As a reader, if my interest isn't stirred in the first ten pages of a book, it's most likely I won't take the time to read the rest of the story. First impressions do matter...

So, what exactly is the point of a ten page review? Obviously, it's not the story itself, the effectiveness of the plot development, the quality of character development, or the overall talent of the author. What I'm reviewing is the author's ability to draw me into their story in just a few pages. Can they give me a sense of place and time, set the tone of the story, make me care about their protagonist, and give me an impelling reason to keep reading. In today's competitive market, an author only gets a few pages to make all that happen for a reader. The rating reflects my view on those elements. It doesn't reflect on the whole book, since I haven't read the entire story. So I encourage those who read these reviews to keep that in mind and to peruse other whole-book reviews to help make your buying decisions.


Title: Book Three - The End of Camelot
Author: Diana Rubino
Genre: Historical Romantic Suspense
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Review Rating: 
***** Totally Hooked - Can't Put It Down


Review Comments: 
In the prologue of this book, Vikki McGlory has just achieved her dream marriage and the fairy-tale life she'd always wanted. She called it Camelot. What an ingenious way to highlight the title of this book, making it jump back into a reader's mind. The End of Camelot... Instantly, without knowing anything about Vikki McGlory, the author had made me care deeply for her loss, one that if the title was true, she would experience in the future. Of course, I have to stay with her! Great beginning

Quote from Book:

She dropped the phone and slid down against the wall. Her glasses fell off her face. The room spun. Sunlight glared. 




Monday, August 7, 2017

Book Review - First Ten Pages - Bootleg Broadway by Diana Rubino

As a reader, if my interest isn't stirred in the first ten pages of a book, it's most likely I won't take the time to read the rest of the story. First impressions do matter...

So, what exactly is the point of a ten page review? Obviously, it's not the story itself, the effectiveness of the plot development, the quality of character development, or the overall talent of the author. What I'm reviewing is the author's ability to draw me into their story in just a few pages. Can they give me a sense of place and time, set the tone of the story, make me care about their protagonist, and give me an impelling reason to keep reading. In today's competitive market, an author only gets a few pages to make all that happen for a reader. The rating reflects my view on those elements. It doesn't reflect on the whole book, since I haven't read the entire story. So I encourage those who read these reviews to keep that in mind and to peruse other whole-book reviews to help make your buying decisions.


Title: Book Two - Bootleg Broadway
Author: Diana Rubino
Genre: Historical Romantic Suspense
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Review Rating: 
**** Intrigued - Taking This Home


Review Comments: 
How would you like to be walking in the rain thinking about love when suddenly, out of nowhere, a car hits you, leaving you crumpled in the street while it speeds away. Well, that's how this book begins. This author believes in making it hard on her protagonist right from the beginning. But could any reader just walk away? Not likely! We all know there is a backstory here, a reason for why Billy McGlory is marked for death... Intriguing to say the least!

Quote from Book:
Terror seized him and chilled his blood. He shivered. “They’re after me, Greta. They found out what I did and they came to get me!” 





Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Book Review - First Ten Pages - From Here to Fourteenth Street by Diana Rubino

As a reader, if my interest isn't stirred in the first ten pages of a book, it's most likely I won't take the time to read the rest of the story. First impressions do matter...

So, what exactly is the point of a ten page review? Obviously, it's not the story itself, the effectiveness of the plot development, the quality of character development, or the overall talent of the author. What I'm reviewing is the author's ability to draw me into their story in just a few pages. Can they give me a sense of place and time, set the tone of the story, make me care about their protagonist, and give me an impelling reason to keep reading. In today's competitive market, an author only gets a few pages to make all that happen for a reader. The rating reflects my view on those elements. It doesn't reflect on the whole book, since I haven't read the entire story. So I encourage those who read these reviews to keep that in mind and to peruse other whole-book reviews to help make your buying decisions.


Title: Book One - From Here to Fourteenth Street
Author: Diana Rubino
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Review Rating: **** Intrigued - Taking This Home

Review Comments: 
Vita's miserable circumstances are so well portrayed on the first page of this story that I felt she could never remove the stench from her life. Even when she tried to do a good deed, everything went bad. Her thoughts were that poverty turned everybody against one another. Then she meets a cop who's different than her in every way. The meeting costs her her job and worsens her plight. But then a ray of hope breaks through the gloom and doom. Nice beginning...but can she really trust him or the chance he's offering?

Quote from Book:
“Since your visit cost me my job, the only place I can go is looking for another one so I can eat tonight.” Why not sling some guilt his way? Maybe, if he was half human, he’d appreciate what she’d just gone through.




Saturday, July 8, 2017

Summer Greenery Giveaway

15 WINNERS!
I don't know about where you live, but here in Northeast Texas, it's heating up big time. So a little Greenery should be a fun way to cool down...

What am I giving away this time? 

Prize #1: 
(1 available prize)
BoHo and Gypsy Chic - An assemblage of fashion/decor fabrics make this clutch purse a trendsetting addition to your accessories.

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Measurements:
Length: 13 inches
Width: 7 inches














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(9 available prizes)
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PDF copy of Crossing The Chasm


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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Book Review - First Ten Pages - The Accidental Wife by Cj Fosdick

As a reader, if my interest isn't stirred in the first ten pages of a book, it's most likely I won't take the time to read the rest of the story. First impressions do matter...

So, what exactly is the point of a ten page review? Obviously, it's not the story itself, the effectiveness of the plot development, the quality of character development, or the overall talent of the author. What I'm reviewing is the author's ability to draw me into their story in just a few pages. Can they give me a sense of place and time, set the tone of the story, make me care about their protagonist, and give me an impelling reason to keep reading. In today's competitive market, an author only gets a few pages to make all that happen for a reader. The rating reflects my view on those elements. It doesn't reflect on the whole book, since I haven't read the entire story. So I encourage those who read these reviews to keep that in mind and to peruse other whole-book reviews to help make your buying decisions.


Title: The Accidental Wife
Author: Cj Fosdick
Genre: Time Travel Mainstream Historical Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Review Rating: ***** Totally Hooked - Can't Put It Down

Review Comments: 
Cj Fosdick really knows how to pull me into her story in the first few pages. She quickly introduces elements that pick at my curiosity. On the first page of this tale, I'm taken to a basement with a dark stairwell where I'll find an antique desk with a locked drawer. Okay, we all know that anything locked has to be opened before we can put down the book and get some sleep. Whew! I'm fortunate, it does open, but only to find a locked box inside.

The next pages are filled with more mystery: The family journals, the mysterious ancestral Calling Stone, and the tea cup with the name Mitawin on the bottom. If all this deliciousness wasn't enough to keep me reading, the genre's promise of Time Travel and Romance sealed the deal.

Wonderful first ten pages!

Quote from Book:
“Mitawin sounds like a foreign word. It almost looks like a hand painted addition, not a stamp. If your grandmother added this, it would certainly devalue the worth of the cup.”