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Circle of Silence

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Author:  Carol M Tanzman
Published By: Hanlequin Teen
Age Recommended:  YA
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4

Review:

"Circle of Silence" by Carol M. Tanzman was a second installment of the WiHi series and I thought this was a  very intriguing read that I couldn't put down until
the end.   This was indeed interesting  mystery that was thrilling to see  how this author was able to tell this story  from a 'news team view point and the point of the MP' keeping this going on throughout this novel. This is definitely a novel that will keep the reader captivated and hanging on every word as the tension grows as the story progresses.   There will be even  a little romance thrown in.

The story is of a senior Valerie Gaines who wants her senior year to really count
and she is the producer of "Campus News". Valerie wants badly to win the school's Emmy Award to help  get into the top university of journalism of her choice. But will this happen?   Problems arise w…

Deadly Secrets, Loving Lies

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Author:  Cynthia Cooke
Published By: Entangled Publishing
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Blog For: GMTA

Review:

"Deadly Secrets, Loving Lies" by Cynthia Cooke was a very good romantic suspense read that I thoroughly enjoyed so much that I couldn't put it down until I had finished it.   You will find yourself guessing until the very end which you
will be left with a cliffhanger. Be ready for non stop action read!  This author was able to keep me on the edge of my seat  all the way through this well written novel. 

This author's heroine.... Genie's(formerly CTA) past has finally caught up with her and the lies surround her as she attempts to get the truth of really what happened in the death of her dear mother. Genie is very tough and has two
sister...all three are triplets...(that has been hidden )..one sister(Becca)
could be dead or a traitor to the country and the other sister (Cat)is in hiding with family that knows nothing of her histor…

Desert Harvest

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Author:  Wando Wande
Published By:  W.W.
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Blog For: GMTA

Review:

"Desert Harvest" by Wando Wande was a quick short interesting read. It is about  the Coldfield family living in the Arizona desert.  The wife leaves the family and the older daughter who is a teenager must step up and take care of the two younger ones. With constant reminders that the mother is a whore..what will come of this horrible family life for the girl named Millie? It seems like everyone is against her mom...even her sister..Liza  referring to her as a whore.  Millie wants her mother to come back home....but is this possible? Millie father teaches her how to shot a pistol...Was this a good thing? Well, you must pick up this read to find out just what is in store for Millie as she kills...well... this is where I say you must pick up this read and find out what all is going down with "Desert Harvest."  In the end you will find out what …

Hollywood Ever After

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Author:  Sasha Summers
Published By: InkSpell Publishing
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5

Review:

"Hollywood Ever After" by Sasha Summers was a real good read; that involves Claire, her family, friends and Josh Wiley. This story is of a thirty-five year old  mother of two, that has a abusive ex-husband who doesn't understand the word NO and also a wonderful mother.  Claire is sent on a birthday holiday vacation in L.A. to visit with her best friend and it is there that she meets this movie star Josh Wiley. Jose is younger than Claire by seven years but he knows that Claire is what he wants however, Claire on the other hand is not sure that this will last. Now, this is where I say you must pick up "Hollywood Ever After" to find out if this guy will get this girl in the end.  Be ready for a lot of page turning till the end.

The characters are really off the chart good starting with Claire, Josh, Daniel,
Shannon,  Arther,Frank, Graham,  Will, …

Obsession: Tales of Irresistible Desire

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Author:  Joe R. Lansdale (Contributor)+ others
Published By: Prime Books
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Blog For: GMTA

Review:

Obession: In the Cold, Dark Time, by Joe R. Landale was quite some read that
was indeed interesting.  The story was from one of the Tales of Irresistible
Desire. This is one of the 19 collections of well written storytellers....'dark obessions.' Some of these stories may even be considered some type of
fantasy, horror, paranormal and even some anthologies.

Be ready for a well written read:

“Medusa’s Child,” Kim Antieau
“Hot Eyes, Cold Eyes,” Lawrence Block
“Hymenoptera,” Michael Blumlein
“She’s Not There,” Pat Cadigan
“My Lady of the Hearth,” Storm Constantine
“Calypso in Berlin,” Elizabeth Hand
“Lady Madonna,” Nancy Holder

“In the Cold, Dark Time,” Joe R. Lansdale

   This author story was just a healing through one dying person... giving
   words of encouragement  to another WWI soldier who was a  patient.  For
   he was nee…

Second Chances

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Author: Rita Oberlies 
Published By: Entangled Publishing
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Blog For: GMTA

Review:

"Second Chances"by Rita Oberlies was a cute, witty,  complicated and hot
romance story. It kept me continuing to turn the page being a fast paced read until the end.

The story was of Luke Braden and Brenna Morgan who at one time had been sweethearts  but something had happened and they were torn apart. The title of this novel is "Second Chances" and you will be finding out from the read if there will be any of this from these two people. You will find in some of this novel is a bit complicated in all the problems that this heroine went through but it was also witty and definitely delicious where you will soon see if these two people deserve a chance to get it right this second time.

The characters were very well written with believable and realistic  personalities.
Brenna seemed to be like a very mixed up person who was very friendly…

The Carny

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Author:  Brooke Moss
Published By:  Inspell Publishing
Age Recommended:  14
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Blog For: GMTA

Review:

"The Carny" by Brooke Moss was simply sweet, wonderful and heart warming romantic read that I could not put down until I had finished it. I love it from the  first page.  Just how powerful and memorable was this kiss?  Well, I will
say it lasted for over ten years. WoW!

Charlotte Davenport and Vincent Youngblood's story starts out with a kiss while
she was at a carnival.  Ten years later they are now adults and now they were
back together. There will be a lots of soul searching in the novel...'love, prejudices, misunderstandings but most of all second chances at love and a final acceptance.'

"The Carny" was a well written story that was very clever, intelligent and funny.
I found myself laughing out loud while reading this novel.

All of the characters were all absolutely wonderful really making this story simply a  excellent r…

Too Hot to Handle

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Author:  Aleah Barley
Published By: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Blog For: GMTA

Review:

"Too Hot to Handle" by Aleah Barley was a cute funny romantic read. The title
really sums up this good read. It seems like the hero (Jack) and the heroine
(Honey) had known each other in HS where they had dated for a week or so.  Later on it seems like Honey wired his police care to make a beer run and ended up in prison for as year and a half on grand theft auto charges.  Now is is out of prison and desire to go straight, however, Honey's home is burned down and she ends up breaking into this policeman(Jack) home and this is where this fast paced story starts.  Why would she go to him?  Well, she knew  him from school and she knew he would keep her safe. Will Jack help her?  Does Jack really need a woman like Honey in his life? Well, this is the time that I will say you must pick up "Too Hot to Handle" and see just what is…

Ray Of Hope

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Author:  Vanessa Davis Griggs
Published By: Dafina
Age Recommended:  YA
Rating: 5
Reviewed by: Arlena Dean

Review:

"Ray of Hope" by Vanessa Davis Griggs was another wonderful novel.This
beautiful story of a seventy-five year old grandmother who kept her two
granddaughters during the summer who had some major issues she had to
deal with.  This grandmother who was called Ma Ray was deeply rooted in memories of her own past and common sense and with all of this she was there to help her two granddaughters.

This novel was definitely one of those that once I started reading "Ray of Hope"
I could not put it down until I finished...so 4 and 1/2 hours later...I finished
a truly wonderful, beautiful  well written book. This was truly a read that you you will  see in the end that the granddaughters maturing and seeing things in life quite differently.

The characters are something...from Ma Ray, Sahara, Crystal, Lenora, Andre,
June Bug,Tosie, Erin and a few others... makin…

Illuminate-Alive, She Cried

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Author:  Jamie Haden
Published By: Great Minds Think Aloud
Age Recommended: Adult
Rating: 5
Blog For: GMTA

Review:

"Illuminate-Alive, She Cried" by Jamie Haden was a very good paranormal read.
I really liked the colorful descriptions this author added to this novel..such as
in the hurricanes seasons, rains, 'the great smokey mountains and even the snow storms... really bringing you into the story.

Just seeing how this granddaughter of a 'Shaman,' Talisha Santiago was to
survive from one island (Silence) ... then going to a clan of Indians in 'The Smokey Mountains with her blood brothers and then finding out that there were still many secrets and danger that lurked for Talisha. Just what was in store for this young lady? Just who were these tricksters that had it in for Talisha... Now, this is where I say you will have to find out by picking up this wonderful well written novel "Illuminate-Alive, She Cried." This novel was a real page turner for …

Forever Soul Ties

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Author:  Vanessa Davis Griggs
Published By: Dafina
Age Recommended:  Adult
Recommended by:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  5

Review:

"Forever Soul Ties" by Vanessa Davis Griggs was another good VSG read for me.  I really enjoyed this novel for several reasons. One was for the 'Bible quotes and mini-sermons' along with the  beautiful story that only Ms. Griggs can give us.  In this novel there is a old flame love interest...now was this leading to a adulterous relationship?...the mistreatment of the wife for over twenty years..... and the many family problems that came about in this story.

Now, getting back to this 'Soul Ties' was really something in that this Ethan's character was really something...and I am so glad the way Ms. Griggs brought this novel out to us.  I do not want to say to much and give the story away...just pick this up and see just how "Forever Soul Ties" and this 'Butterfly' will turn out.

This novel will leave you being able to se…

The Other Side Of Goodness

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Author:  Vanessa Davis Griggs
Published By: Kensington Books
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5

Review:
"The Other Side Of Goodness" by Vanessa Davis Griggs never ceases to amaze me. Ms. Griggs' novel seem to really be right what you need to hear...about trust, love, divorce, politics, health issues....'bone marrow transplant,' breast cancer and above all the love of God.  Definitely this was a Christian fiction that gets right to the heart. To see how Ms. Gabrielle has given her heart to the Lord was simply wonderful. Just seeing how she handles all that is  going on around her was just beautiful in how this author has her so well focused on doing the right thing.

The characters... from Gabrielle.. Zachary, Pastor Landris, Johnnie Mae Landris,
Congressman Lawrence Simmons, Malachi, Paris Imani, Dedra, William, Jessica to Jasmine  and many others... made this novel such a wonderful read.

From the Author..."It’s been eight years sinc…

LEMON REEF

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Author:  Robin Silverman
Published By: Bold Strokes Books
Age Recommended:  Adult
Rating: 4
Blog For: GMTA

Review:

"Lemon Reef" by Robin Silverman was a real interesting read that displayed many flashbacks of two young ladies...Del(Adeline Soto) and Jenna in through  HS. These two were more than just friends... actually Lesbians until it was brought to a stop by Jenna's parents.  During this  time there was a lost of things going on with Del...the bruises,  hygiene, beatings, and custody threats... then there was 70's music...the problems Del had with her mom...Pascales...OMG ..this was really some time!  The novel was rather long but if you can stick with it ..."Lemon Reef" does come through ... dealing with a very  sensitive subject.  As the story moves on Del has died.  What happened to her and what will happen to her daughter Khila?  Will Talon get custody of Khila? This is a  fiction book about  well you will simply have to pick up this novel for yourself..…

Nine Monrths: A Novel

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Author:  Paula Bomer
Published By: Soho Press
Age Recommended:  Adult
Rating: 4
Blog For: GMTA

Review:

"Nine Months: A Novel by Paula Bomer was definitely a different kind of book
to read. Sonia is unexpectedly pregnant with her third child and being somewhat confused, caught up with dissatisfaction and anger goes a a crazy road trip that retraced her life.  The trip took Sonia through casual sex, drinking and even smoking weed with people and places from her past....strangers, friends and even family.

This novel was a look at motherhood from a dysfunctional way in that it was vulgar, crude and but yet honest from its point of view.I know a lot of us will not like this novel but that was how this author presented it. Will this person be able
in the end be able to balance her personal satisfaction while being also a mother and a wife? Will she find the resolution or answers to all of this?  Now, this is the point that I will say you must pick up "Nine Months: A Novel" to see how…

Playing With Matches

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Author:  Carolyn Wall
Published  Bantam
Age Recommended:Adult
Rating: 5
Blog For: GMTA

Review:

"Playing With Matches" by Carolyn Wall was a wonderful read of a young
girl(Clea) recounting her difficult childhood in rural Mississippi and
then the story switches to the grown-up Clea... going back and forth until
the end.   I must say I enjoyed the novel.  It was a bit long but well worth
the read.  This young girl is abandoned by her birth mom that presents issue
that will stem into her adult life. 

This author worked her magic with such a well written novel presenting humorous parts that will put a smile on your face.  The characters... Aunt Jerusha and Uncle Cuddy were definitely wonderful characters so full of love.

Be ready for plenty of twist and unexpected turns but when in the end you will
have read a wonderful read that I would recommend as a excellent read.

RAPE GIRL

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Author:  Alina Klein
Published By: Namelos
Age Recommended:  YA
Rating: 5
Blog For: GMTA

Review:

"Rape Girl" by Alina Klein was definitely hard for me to read.  To know that
this has happened is really saddening...however, we are all left to think that
maybe there  is help out their  for the victims.  I would say that this book is a worth reading book that needs to be discussed with the teens.  I really liked how this victim Valerie narrated this information of how she was raped after a party in her own house by a guy she liked.

"Rape Girl" was very well written showing Valerie's reactions.... also the reactions of those around her and even undergoing stages of post traumatic shock...which lead to disbelief, depression and guilt.  Returning to school didn't help her much however,  the support therapy group was able to help  her come out of her shell.  Thank God Valerie had support from her mom, brother(Sam), a friend... Sandrina..Valerie's support therapy grou…

Remember Me

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Author:  Penelope Wilcock
Published  Crossway
Age Recommended: Adult
Rating: 5
Blog For: GMTA
Review:

"Remember Me" by Penelope Wilcock was  her sixth book in The Hawk and Dove series and was a christian fiction. This novel was of the life of William de Bulmer who was a monk of the St. Alcuin...has fallen in love with the Abbot John's sister Madeleine ...oops...then he meets  Madeleine next door neighbor Mother Ellen Cottingham..who comes to love him as a son..and ask him to become her confessor...and now he has accidentally lost all of the Abby's money"... what would happen  for this monk next...could he be truly forgiven?  Now, this is where I say you must pick up this excellent read.."Remember Me" to find out just what is going on.

The historical details that this author displays was simply a masterful job in
describing the struggles that these monks had trying to live a godly life. We
really get a look through this Medieval storyline of that shows this m…

Mirror Bound

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Author:  Leanne Herrera
Published By: Great Minds Think Aloud
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewer:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Blog For: GMTA
Review:

"Mirror Bound" by  Leanne Herrera was a sweet romance paranormal novel that was a excellent read.  This author was able to keep my attention all the way to  end. This novel was well written with such a wonderful dialogue that was very  captivating due to the its storyline. Ms. Herrera "Mirror Bound" novel is from the 'hills of Kentucky' here we find Anna Brice McKenna  has come home because her great grandmother has died..and she was  to settle the affairs and even try to figure out her own life.  Anna was a twin and her sister(Emma) had died in a car accident  a year ago and this had  left only Anna...alone..with no other family members to even want come to the funeral due to the fact that they considered "Ma was just a country hillbilly with nothing or any value to get, so why should they bother to come and sor…

Tumbleweeds

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Author:  Leila Meacham
Published By:  Hachette Book Group 
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewer:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Blog For: GMTA

Review:

"Tumbleweeds" by Leila Meacham was some interesting read. In Kersey, this
story takes place in the Panhandle...with the story being told in third person.
These three orphans (Catherine Ann Benson and Trey Don Hall)and a abandoned child (John Caldwell),lead a very interesting life. I found this novel rather long but still fast enough to stay interesting for me.  Be ready for a lots
of twist and turns that will keep up turning the pages to see what was coming
up next. You have three friends... two boys and one girl that become fast friends... however, both boys are in love with the girl.  Now who would win her? After a series of happenings this completely comes apart. There will be a lots of
secrets being revealed in the next twenty years...eventually gripping the reunion of the trio when they are all  forty years old.  The story will leave no pa…

The Violets Are Mine: Tales of an Unwanted Orphan

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Author:  Lester Morris
Published Xlibris
Age Recommended:Adult
Rating: 5
Blog For: GMTA

Review:

"The Violets are Mine: Tale of an Unwanted Orphan" by Lester Morris was really
some read for me.  I thought about putting it down several times but since I
have never done that I pressed forward.  I will say this wasn't a pleasant read
but a interesting one of what Lester Morris endured in these horrible orphanages
and foster home in England during World War II (1940's).  I can only say how Lester came through this was only that there was a God out there for him!  I can't imagine being bounced from orphanage to foster home and back to an orphanage again and again and come out sane from all that Lester had to endure.  From all of these corporal punishments he had to endure......only  proving that there was a God out there protecting him. This is some abuse(beatings) I could not even imagine!

These characters..his foster mom(Mrs. Green)referred to as 'Teeth' w…

What Happened to My Sister

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Author:  Elizabeth Flock
Published By:  Random House Publishing Group
Age Recommended 16
Reviewer:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Blog For: GMTA

Review:

"What Happened to My Sister:  A Novel" by Elizabeth Flock was  a follow up from Ms. Flock first book 'Me & Emma'... which was also  a good dialogue and a very interesting  read.  Be ready for many twist and turns because this is what you will get from "What Happened to My Sister."  The reading in a adult and child's voice was really a good affect on the read.

From Toast, North Carolina...to Hendersonville, North Carolina...then finally
to Hartsville, North Carolina.  Carrie(a young neglected and abused girl) and
her mother were making a new start. This is where Carrie meets a good friend named Cricket who has lost a sister too. Now Carrie and Cricket are inseparable.  Carrie is now thinking less of her sister, Emma. What will come of these two nine year old girls?  "When these two meet, their world…

59 HOURS...A Short Dark Thriller

Author:  R.E. Schobernd
Published By:  R.E. Schobernd at Swashwords
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Blog For:  GMTA
Review:

"59 Hours by R. E. Schobernd was a good short thriller that left you saying "OMG"  I did not see that coming. I read this very fast definitely not putting this
one down until the end (25 minutes).

For Frances...all she wanted to love... from her mother and then Michael...it
seems like Frances thought she had found someone to care about her after leaving her mothers place...after showing up at her cousin's (Mikey) place...where he wasn't present but there was Michael Smith (a friend of Mikey) who was showing  Frances  love and kindness...only was this for real?  Now, this
is the time that I say you must pick up "59 Hours" to find out just what is going on.  Has Frances found love and how does bank robbing and murder fix into all of this?

I like the way the author presented this short story because it re…

Change of Pace

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Author:  Sofia Essen
Published By:  48Fourteen
Age Recommended: Adult
Rating: 4
Blog For: GMTA

Review:

"Change of Pace" by Sofia Essen was definitely a pace that Anne Cox needed
after being dumped by her boyfriend, fired from her New York job after ten
years and turning thirty...all in the same week. So, Anne jumps on a plane
to Greece, meets Alex Collins and end up in Crete... then a small village outside
Chania called Drapanias at a Bed/Breakfast that belonged to Alex's mom..Jane.
In this new place Anne meet the friendly villagers and starts to blend in even
enjoying the local white wine...Restsina and then a romance with ...this Alex guy.  Has Anne finally found happiness like she has never had before...just loving the simple things in life?  Now, I will stop at this point and say you must pick up "Change of Pace" to see how this sweet and heartwarming story plays out. You will find out that..." Anne is a girl much like you and me, slightly insecure, hard working…

A Man of Honor

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Author:  Loree Lough
Published By:  Ablingdon Press
Age Recommended: 14
Rating: 5
Blog For: GMTA

Review:

"A Man of Honor" by Loree Lough was the third book in the series (The First
Responders Series)  and a very good inspiring read that I  thoroughly enjoyed.
I found this novel to be not only beautiful but also  powerful. Be ready for
many twist and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat and I did find myself
laughing at a lot as the story progressed. 

How this author got these two people together was simply a work of art. Dusty
Parker was not only a pastor, a search and rescue team member, but also in
charge of eleven  troubled teen boys that he cared for deeply..then there was
a gang leader(Gonzo) who also wanted Dusty's boys in his gang.   Grace Sinclair was a teacher...and one of her students(Melissa) had disappeared and ended up
dead and this is where these two (Dusty & Grace) meet up and you will get the  answer to the question...Was this 'love at first sight?'…

Always a Bridesmaid

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Author:  Cindi Myers
Published By:  Entangled Publishing:  Indulgence
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewer:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Blog For:  GMTA




Review:

"Always a Bridesmaid" by Cindi Myers was nice well written good romance novel and I did thoroughly enjoyed the read.

Stephanie was a graduate student working for her father...she was a very determined independent and capable of not letting anyone or anything get in the way of her goals. Stephanie's mom had left her and her dad when she was only sixteen...Mike was head of his own construction firm....single parent with a son...nine year old Ryan.

Due to Stephanie's friend Justin...she meets Mike(landlord)....and she ends up renting a room from Mike.    Justin  was a friend of Mike and Stephanie and he was getting married ...Mike was the best man and Stephanie ended up also being in the wedding... as a bridesmaid.  After a impromptu kiss...it was decided  (Mike and Stephanie) would keep their distance...not wanting to get '…