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LOVE AND LIBERTY

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Author:  Lee-Ann Graff-Vinson
Published By:   Gypsy Shadow Publishing
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating:  5
Blog Review For:  Great Minds Think Aloud
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"Love and Liberty" by Lee-ann Graff-Vinson was a military intriguing short  romantic novel.  This story took place in the Middle East (Iraq) where veterans were to be "protectors of the civilians and be on watch for enemy attacks."

The story was of  a male captain and a female captain were able to work together, however, unknown to the troops these two people had fallen  in love and behind closed doors...well I can say here is get this read and you will see what went on behind those closed doors....even thought they did not share their true feelings to each other because their  first priority was to the military.  Everything was going well until Captain Dana Jenkins have been ambushed with many soldierswere taken hostage by these horrible killers  and then Captain Jack Parson has to do all t…

THE UNSACRED GIFT

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Author:  C. S. Dorsey
Published by:   Createspace 
Age Recommend:  YA
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating:  5
Blog Review For: GMTA
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"The Unsacred Gift" by C. S. Dorsey would quite a page turner... keeping you interested in this  quick  read...just  wanting to know what was going to happen next.  Was this a curse or a gift that this young girl was able to see the death of anyone that she touched?  This poor little Sissy had to deal with this situation all doing her young  school years until she was able to leave home. Sissy was lead through a horrible life even during her college years in that she would often isolate herself from people due to the visions.


Upon returning home after several  years for her grandmother's birthday...Sissy is able to find out more about herself and it seems for a short time that she was able to handles things  better, however things change quickly when Sissy  finds out that her mother has had a finace for a year,  her grandmother had secr…

Ashen Winter

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Author:   Mike Mullin
Published by:  Entangled Publishing
Age Recommend:  16
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating:  4
Blog Review For: GMTA

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"Ashen Winter" by Mike Mullin a second in a series..... was a very good read.  If you are into action, terror and death then you are right in it from page one.  This hero (Alex)definitely a superhero that went through hell and back!....  and heroine (Darla) were a real team that loved each other (who weren't married.....then they are separated(not by choice)....and will they find each other before it is too late? Now, to truly understand this you will have to pick up the wonderful long read to find out how Mr. Mullin's brings this presentation out to the reader. This novel was a rollercoaster ride. The story is of Alex trying to find his parents after the eruption of a supervalcano...and things go "horribly wrong and Alex goes is now in a fight for his life  and the lives of others.  This story with its' many  plot…

SUPER HERO PRINCESS and the Curse of the Rainbow Fairy

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Author:  Natasha Rae House
Published by: CreateSpace
Age Recommend:  Children's Book
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5


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"Super Hero Princess and the Curse of the Rainbow Fairy," by Natasha Rae House was a truly wonderful children novel.  This author was able to make the reader be right on the page with all the packed action that" was going on at that particular time.  The description( colors) of all of the animals and even some of the people  were simply explained  beautiful.  Miss Zara was a little princess that was cursed with super powers fighting off..."zombie carrots, evil mermaids and dragons with attitudes....due to  The Rainbow Fairy had  cursed the princess with the ability of strength, flight, random powers and of attracting all sorts of fuzzy creatures."    Now why and when  did this happens?   How did the  Zeuth Ring come into play?  I will leave it up to you to read this well written novel to find out.  It was be a good read that w…

True Connections

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Author:  Clarissa Yip
Published by:   Entangled Publishing
Age Recommend:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating:  5
Blog Review For: GMTA


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"True Connections" by Clarissa Yip was a wonderful romance novel that was very developed and presented.  This novel was bottled up in being funny, sexy, and so emotional.  "True Connections" was truly a novel that I could not put down until the end. It was very interesting to see  Max finds himself in the line of fire when the families conspire to scheme to find him a suitable match, but wasn't  their a  real connection  between Max and Lia? 

To see how two people had supposedly hated each other as children...but were they really hiding their feelings for one another and now having to work together to please their grandma's?  This novel was a very HOT and steamy one!  The relationship between Max Sheraton and Lisa McEvers was one love-hate relationship....that finally ended up....well I will stop here and just…

Literary Agents, Beware, An Intense Romantic Thriller

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Author:  Johnny Ray                           
Published By:   Sir John Publishing 
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating:  5
Blog Review For:  Great Minds Think Aloud

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" Literary Agents, Beware, An Intense Romantic Thriller" by Johnny Ray was a good thriller  read for me.  I really enjoyed this fast paced  novel.  I was definitely on edge of my seat turning the pages until the end.  Johnny Ray is able to really bring out just what we need in a good romantic thriller.   There was a lots of  mystery.....who was doing what?.... who done it?....you will be kept wondering up until the very  end of this read.

The story is of a person having  this disease... bi-polarism.  The characters were simply well played  and just seeing how Amy's mind worked was really very nteresting to me. There was a serial killer going after literary agents....Amy meet a agent and becomes infuriated ...then receives a rejection letter from this agent ....and the story …

Surrender to the Roman

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Author:  M. K. Chester
Published by:  Carina  Press
Age Recommend:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5
Blog Review For: GMTA
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"Surrender to the Roman" by M.K. Chester was a wonderful, sweet  historical romance between a slave and a Roman solder that was a well written for the readers.

The story was of a princess that was turned slave....with a respectable General.... and (a brother in law-Tertullian) a second in command who was a sociopath.  The author did wonderful work with the characters making them very believable.  The hero was definitely Marcus...who was Roman General of the army and now caring for the princess.... Ademeni. This hero had strength, loyal and much compassion.   The heroine (Ademeni) showed great strength never letting go she was of royalty....for she was full of only testing Marcus and 'shaking him out of his complacency.'....definitely this heroine was the mate for him!  Now a little about that brother in law...who was a rea…

THE OPPOSITE OF HALLELUJAH

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Author:  Anna Jarzab
Published by:  Delacorte Books For Young Readers
Age Recommend:  12 YA
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating:  5
Blog Review For: GMTA

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"The Opposite of Hallelujah" by Anna Jarzab was truly one wonderful enjoyable read.
The author Anna Jarzab was able to let us see how faith, forgiveness and above all
sisterhood in the wonderful read of "The Opposite Of Hallelujah" could really be a
exciting book for any YA.  Yes, it deals with spirituality and Catholicism but in a very
inspiring way.... not coming across as 'preachy or overbearing.' 

Although "The Opposite of Hallelujah" was a lengthy....it still was a quick dialogue read that covers a well packed topics presenting a lots of ideas to digest in terms of understanding grief and faith.... also this author brings in great elements in this story.... using, MC Escher and  physics and science.  Well done!  

The characters:  I can't say enough about were quick and smart....Car…

Rules Of Negotiaition

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Author:   Inara Scott
Published by:  Entangled Publishing
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 4
Blog Review For: GMTA

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"Rules of Negotiation" by Inara Scott was a nice  well written romantic novel that was  told from the third person perspective.  It was one of those novels that I could not put down until I was finished with it.  The  "Rules of Negotiation" was one that was easy to get caught up in and the characters were simply off the chart good. Besty was truly one character that really was funny and really added to this story. Now the hero...Brit and heroine Ton i(both workaholics) with their problems ... I found that they really fit together perfectly after all is said and done.  You can feel  the chemistry between them  and yes there  were some really hot scenes that are simply beautiful...such good dialogues.  .. You will be drawn into this storyline that will make you laugh out loud, cry and then maybe even say OMG!  Now,  I will…

River's End

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Author: Melody Carlson
Published by: Abingdon Press
Age Recommend: 16
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating:  5
Blog Review For: GMTA


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"River's End" by Melody Carlson was a wonderful great ending read for this series. Dealing
with Anna Larson's granddaughter Sarah ...where Sarah is unwilling to forgive her
parents, running away and then being caught up in a religious cult (commune)...that only Sarah could get out of when she was ready to do so.....however, the family was always trailing behind, hoping that they can save her, but could they?   With all of this going on everyone suffers until it is made known that only forgiveness and grace could only bring this family back into the the folds. This was "three generations of family heartbreak and disappointments at 'Shinning Waters' as Sarah finds God right in the center of it all." I could not have said or thought of this novel in any other way. The author has written a wonderf…

The Redemption of Lord Rawlings

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Author:  Rachel Van Dyken
Published By:   Astraea Press
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating:  5
Blog Review For:  Great Minds Think Aloud

Review:

"The Redemption of Lord Rawlings" by Rachel Van Dyken was some good read.  I loved it.  Now, I will admit I am a 'House of Renwick' fan so I really wanted to see what Ms. Van Dyken had for us in this read.  I was not disappointed at all.  Truly this novel was one of steer enjoyment..one of the best....that had me definitely laughing out loud!  This novel was one of love and the characters were really amusing, exciting, humorous....all combined into one.  This author really knows how to get your attention and keep it focus on it!  Just to be able to see Lord Rawlings from the previous book now a hero?    Ms Van Dyken works a wonderful story that brought people to life just with words.  This was a page turner that I could not put down until the end.... and kept on the edge of my seat through the whole novel…

THE SENTENCE

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Author:  Elaine Cantrell
Published by:  Astraea Press
Age Recommend:  16
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5
Blog Review For: GMTA
Review:

"The Sentence" by Elaine Cantrell was one of the most amazing novels that was simply
a excellent read!  The characters were simply off the chart good!

For six months Clint was prisoner in the  ministers home, instead of 6 months in jail,  due to the fact that he had been accused of setting fire to their church.  Clint was there to help rebuild the church with the help of the other church members.  I did like the way this author was able to deliver to the reader truly the thoughts of the people...many were upset the the judges decision and you could see how they could feel this way however, there were a few people who showed love in the heart to forgive  and I believe that was really what this novel was about...'forgiving'....and that is what happened in "The Sentence."   Now, Clint is there working and  even  turning his…

On ONE Condition

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Author:  Diane Alberts
Published by:  Entangled Publishing
Age Recommend:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating:  4
Blog Review For: GMTA
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"On One Condition" by Diane Alberts was indeed a entertaining contemporary romantic quick  read about a marriage of convenience.  Starting with the "morning  after the night before,"....which turns  be very somewhat funny on just how these two people met and then this novel takes off from that... with Johanna Thomas who was a kindergarten  elementary
teacher that  hated Valentine's Day.  Why was this?   Well, Johanna  hated being alone watching other couples being so in love...and even worse was the annual charity auction held at her school for all the singles to have to go through... this being her third time!  Now she meets this British Lord, Viscount Damon Haymes.... had she met him before? ... and OMG what  happen? ...Damon proposals to her.....they marry and live  happy ever after ...well .. you will fi…

The Christmas Phoenix

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Author: Patricia Kiyono
Published By:  Astraea Press
Age Recommend: 16
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5
Blog Review For: GMTA
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"The Christmas Phoenix" by Patricia Kiyono was a really good Christmas story in one finding new beginning.  This was a real quick short story but really well written novel. Jess's life was one of being a single parent after the death of her husband with a fourteen year old son.  Did she have her chores....working two jobs, putting food on the table but most of all being there for her son. It was not a good time for Jess and something good  happens and that is Jake Thompson, a ice sculpturer... moves in the neighborhood.  He was definitely in the need of healing..recovering  from a disastrous relationship and war in Iraq.  Jake was now living in his sister's  vacation summer home during the winter.  Upon there meeting and getting to know each other .... will (Jess and Jake) come together in "The Christmas Phoenix" an…

Moonlight on the Palms

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Author:  Lisa Green
Published by:  Astraea Press
Age Recommend:  16
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5
Blog Review For: GMTA
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"Moonlight on the Palms" by Lisa Green was a very sweet contemporary romance. In Ms. Green's writings you can  really see she how "she fuses her love of the written word  with an enjoyment of studying people."  I believe she did a wonderful job with this novel... "Moonlight on the Palms" being a  of betrayal and healing.

This person Astrid Kent from Seattle  was hurt in just two specific ways ....her ex boyfriend
and  dear mother.  After eleven years  of not speaking with  her mother....her mother
dies and now Astrid is back home in Brownsville...dealing with the will and going  to the
funeral ceremony........now she is at her mother's home where there are now two men Manfred Barnes and Juan Marquesz.. later.she see someone prowling at night around the house(La Casa) at night ..and then finds a letter and c…

Kidnapped by the Greek Billionaire

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Author:  Rachel Lyndhurst
Published By:  Entangled Publishing
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating:  5
Blog Review For:  Great Minds Think Aloud

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"Kidnapped by the Greek Billionaire" by Rachel Lyndhurst was a real interesting romantic read.  The storyline was very amazing with this alpha male and a very audacious heroine. I felt this was a enjoyable Greek romance with the history so incorporated into this story. It was very hard to put this novel down, the characters were all interesting people with lots of friction and  of tension  but all of it drew you into the story and  the Book Cover isn't bad to look at either!

Now for this story... The Greek Billionaire Attorney...was strange in that he was so  arrogant and just a jerk especially at the beginning of this story...however, as the story develops... was this true of Andreas Lazarides? .......as for  Kizzy Dean...a restaurant manager who  tries to convince Andreas of her business plan to keep Tim…

FAMILIAR TIES

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Author:  Naya Nikki
Published by:  Inkspell  Publishing
Age Recommend:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5
Blog Review For: GMTA

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"Familiar Ties" by Naya Nikki was a sweet wonderful romance.  The author did a wonderful job at sharing with us this wonderful well written novel that was narrated over a span of  just seven days going from present time to flashbacks of earlier times in their lives. It was definitely a read that I could not put down until the end. This is really a story of romance...filled with friendship, love, family and all of the emotions just pouring out of this wonderful story.

Two friends... Max West and Amy Riley that are found raising their two lovely little girls(Phoebe and Grace). Max is a widower (author) and Amy was a ex girlfriend ... who was now with Jack.  There are a lot of twist and turns in this novel that will keep you turning the pages to how this author will get these two people (Max and Amy) finally together.  Once Max r…

EGYPTIAN HEART

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Author:  Kathryn Meyer Griffith
Published by:  Eternal  Press
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating:  5
Blog Review For: GMTA
Review:

"Egyptian Heart" by Kathryn Meyer Griffith was a different type of romantic read...through time travel all mixed up in the past (1340 BC)  Egyptian life,  culture and then brought in a romance of a woman from the twenty-first century.  I really liked the way this wonderful author brings us another one of her good novels... that will captivate our attention for the reader to want  more.


The storyline was simply well written with lots of detail. This was definitely a page turner for me.  Maggie Owens was a Egyptologist who was given a  grant for three months to work in Egypt (Great Pyramids)  to explore the areas around Gizah searching for the 'lost tomb.'  In Egypt, its  life has very harsh, hot and lonely...however, Maggie  finds the ancient tomb of Ramose, Nakh-Min...and then  finds the secret area that had a …

VEIL OF PEARLS

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Author:  MaryLu Tyndall
Published by:  Barbour Books
Age Recommend:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating:  5
Blog Review For: GMTA
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"Veil of Pearls" by MaryLu Tyndall was a good read.  I was a little hesitate with the title dealing with slavery in the 1800's, but I am glad to did continued reading ..because in the end I felt the novel was a excellent and well written novel. Be ready for a lots  twist and turns all the way till the end. Truly Ms. Tyndall was able to really help  the reader understand what this young woman named Althea had gone through. Leaving Barbados  from a sugar slavery plantation  and the cruel...  Sir Walter Miles  to Charleston, South Carolina...to where Athea is able to  reinvent herself by changing her name to Adalia...working in an local orphanage as a herb healer ....then to becoming a assist to Doctor Willaby. Now Adalia was able to take care of local 'Negros' that needed help especially the slaves on the plantations.  …

Thriller 3: LOVE IS MURDER

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Published By:  Mira Books
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5
Blog Review For: Great Minds Think Aloud


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"Love Is Murder" by all these wonderful authors: by Sandra Brown (Goodreads Author) (Editor), Lee Child, Carla Neggers (Goodreads Author), Beverly Barton, Robert Gregory Browne (…

The Marriage Bargain

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Author:  Jennifer Probst
Published By:  Entangled Publishing, LLC
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating:  4
Blog Review For:  Great Minds Think Aloud

Review:

"The Marriage Bargain" by Jennifer Probst was a good romantic read and the book cover isn't too bad to look at either.  I really laughed out loud at some of the hilarious  humor that is  in this storyline.

This novel was indeed very sweet, funny and yet very interesting read.  Ms. Probst did a wonderful job in getting Billionaire Nicholas Ryan and Alexa McKenzie(childhood sweethearts) together with both being believers. Alexa believed in family...rooting for the Mets and trying to live her life with a purpose. Nick on the other had believes only in things which he could control...like his career and very much his independence. Definitely this was two opposites that are drawn together in a romance that really turns into real  love. After Alexa and Nick enter into a contract where they will be ma…

STOLEN BUT NOT LOST

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Author:  Janet Tombow
Published By:  Carpenters Son Pulblishing
Age Recommend:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5
Blog Review For: GMTA
Review:

"Stolen But Not Lost" by Janet Tombow was indeed some read for me. There was indeed a lot to take in and understand why some things happen people. It is definitely how you deal with it ......that really matters. Ms. Janet Tombow had a very bad childhood but what a good life she was able to find and even become a real part of her birth mother's life. To meet your mom after 45 year... I can only say Wow! This novel could be very important for anyone who is looking for a birth parent.

I thought this was a wonderful inspiring true novel of a very painful child...but the search for Janet's birth mom and finally finding her really was interesting in how this all came together. Janet and her mom did 'grieve the lost years and learn forgiveness.' However, taking daily steps by step ....... Janet …

THE CINDERELLA BLUES

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Author:  Obren Bokich
Published by: Createspace
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5
Blog Review For: GMTA







Review:



"The Cinderella Blues" by Obren Bokich was a good read. The novel was indeed amusing and funny.... being a very heart warming fairytale. The main character was Kat who was a 'hopeless romantic.' It seems that everything that was to go right went very wrong for Kat. Kat was first involved with a guy (Marty...for eight years) that seemed to hardly pay any attention to her and now wanting to take a break ... later he then calls Kat and meets with her on her birthday and ask her if he can ask her best friend... Tina out! WHAT!


Now, Kat starts baking cookies, cupcakes.....a very interesting hobby that will be of benefit to her later...(read the book... you will see what I am talking about) and working herself to death(doing her job, helping Tina which is on her team. then with another attraction...that shows up...(her boss... Jaso…

A Very Southern Affair

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Author:  Elaina Lee
Published by:  Muse Publishing
Age Recommend:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating:  5
Blog Review For: GMTA
Review:

"A Very Southern Affair" by Elaina Lee was a good romance read.  It was definitely a novel that would make you smile and laugh out loud!  I really enjoyed every page of the book.  The novel flowed very well from the beginning till the end.   You were kept intrigued  with this storyline just wandering what was going to happen next!

Hollee Rutherford is from a small southern  town in Belleville and was  the towns 'Liaison.'  Hollee was to  welcome Kaiden Thorne from Pennsylvania  to the town...and the company he worked for was thinking of building a resort in Belleville, Alabama ...and the local town people did not want this...so many tried doing anything to drive Kaiden off...even into putting fleas in this motel room.  Now what would  happen next.... Hollee is starting  to care about this Kaiden guy, however Hollee had alw…

"Listening To Dust"

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Author: Brandon Shire
Published by:  TPG Books
Age Recommend:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Raven Rating:   5
Blog Review For: GMTA
Review:

"Listening to Dust by Brandon Shire was a very sad fiction for me.  I don't read many gay books however, this title caught my interest and I am glad I did read it.  The novel was definitely one that was of "love, hate, loss, passion, compassion and much pain."  The author was excellent at telling this story that will grab you from the very beginning  till the end.  I found that as a read this novel,  I was left believing that this  really happens  in real life.  You will be left wanting more if there could be any more....WoW!

 In the novel..."Listening to Dust" you will find two young from different backgrounds...that are
brought together and then torn apart. With Stephen his parents had been murdered and he
meets  Dustin  who was a  drunk American  soldier with a troubled pass... and love is found by these two men…