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Just One Wish...Holiday Stories from The Roses of Prose

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By: Brenda Whitehead, Brenda Edwards,  Jena Galifany,  Laura Breck,
      Jannine Gallant,  Alison Henderson, Christine DePetrillo,  Vonnie Davis and
      Margo Hoornstra
Published By: The Rose of Prose
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Just One Wish" by The Roses of Prose authors was a wonderful reads from nine different authors giving us nine holiday short novellas that will truly leave you wanting more.  All are very short reads that will leave you thinking of the read long after you finish your read.

From the read we start with....

1.  A Tropical Holiday where you will find Yuma Camry wanting
     "Peace."  Will she get it?
2.  A Very Special Holiday where Annabelle Wilson just wanted to spend the
     day Alone.  Will she be able to get her wish?
3.  A Visit From Santa ...would Jayme get a visit from Santa?
4.  Christmas in Vegas...What did Roxanne get besides snow in her new place?
5.  Going Home...would Lacey Chandler ar…

The Sanctuary

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By: Paulette Harper-Johnson
Published By: Exalt (Pulse)
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Series: The Trinity Lakes Series
Review:

"The Sanctuary" by Paulette Harper-Johnson was a different ride in the life's of Bishop Cedric and Pastor Lacey. When you think of a Bishop and Pastor that are married you generally think here is a pair of outstanding people so in tuned to God's will, however,this was not the case for this couple...for we found much drama from abuse that entered into psychical, verbal as well as emotional. What? As you will see from this read just because you are a minister .... doesn't necessarily make you perfect. We find from the read be prepared to find many trials, 'incorrect thoughts of the minds, meddling mother in law, let's not leave out co-worker(friend) who thought she knew what Pastor Lacy should do with your marriage and less not leave out the involved leaders of the church.' This …

Seducing Cat [Meghan's Playhouse Book 1]

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By:  Adriana Kraft
Published By: Whiskey Creek Press
Age Recommended:  Adult (Erotica)
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Seducing Cat" by Adriana Kraft was a interesting read of how these three people comes 'together in a 'ménage.'  Now this is a erotic read so if this isn't your genre you need to close this book...right now.  Now, for the others that like this genre keep on reading...where we find that Meghan had plans of wanting to 'escape and explore' outside the town that she had only lived in.  So when she took it upon herself to 'seduce' a certain professor'(Caitlin) and to carry out a plan to bring together her 'brawny carpenter(Kurt)who was a childhood friend and the  professor together would truly be a work of art for her.  Why couldn't she do it...she was a actor? What did she have up her sleeve?   Why would she want to leave her sexual delights with Cat and Kurt?  Would Caitlin and Kurt have a go at it with M…

A Holiday to Remember

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By:  Claire Ashgrove   Laura Breck   Vonnie Davis   Christine DePetrillo
       Barbara Edwards Jannine Gallant  Alison Henderson   Jerri Hines
       Amber Leigh Williams   Brenda Whiteside
Published By:  The Roses of Prose
Age Recommended: New Adult - Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"A Christmas to Remember" by ten authors was quite a interesting holiday read that I thoroughly enjoyed.  I will say these authors really did wonderful job with this holiday read.

I really liked how they were able to keep this story together  starting from Chapter one: 'You Want Me to Pump What'...2: The Winding Road...3:What Do You Do With a Princess...4:Candy Heats Up...5: A Hard Liquor Kind of Situation...6: Oh No!...7: The Morning After...8: A Cup of Hot Chocolate and a Dose of Hot Mitch...9: The Odds Were a Million to One...10: Boxer or Briefs...11: The Temperature is Hot and Rising...12:  Trouble in Paradise...13: Rich Jerks...14: Scrambled Eggs and Sympathy...1…

Cameron 4 By: Jade Jones

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By: Jade Jones
Published By: Jaded Publications
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Series: Cameron 1-2 & 3
Review:

"Cameron 4" by Jade Jones was the fourth in a series of the Cameron series and it was indeed up there with all of the others...great writing by this author. This series had me on the edge of my seat only turning the pages all the way till the very end...and then I see we are left hanging. Go job Ms. Jones!

In this series you will find yourself on a 'emotional roller coaster ride' that doesn't let up ... even to be found in the very end of this read for these two characters Cameron and Jude. This read is told by a great story teller that knows how to keep her readers attention that will only leave you wanting more. Be ready for a fast moving episode that will keep you awake and only wanting more as some of the characters from the other series that do come back into play along with a few new ones.

Definitely from the e…

When The Sun Goes Down

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By: Gwynne Forester
Published By: Dafina
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Review:

"When the Sun Goes Down" by Gwynne Forester was a wonderful written novel about the Leon Farrell family.  It was the death of Leon Farrell when it all came out about a family that looked good on the outside but when you are able to get inside this picture...my, my, my what will we find...a father whose life changed for his family in their treatment after his loss his 'beloved wife.'  There were three children, Edgar, the oldest, next their was Gunther and then the baby sister Shirley.  We find Edgar was the 'rebel' who lived his life by is own terms  only leaving Gunther and Shirley more or less on their own due to the treatment of their father. What was so very important about this read is that from the opening of the story till the very end that there wasn't any love lost between the father and the children.  Why was this?

Edgar was a guitarist…

Heaven's Cry

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By: Charmaine Galloway
Published By: Charming Gal Publications
Age Recommended: YA-New Adult-Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Review:

"Heaven's Cry" by Charmaine Galloway was a good short read of a 'teenager' who had it all...clothes, good school, good godly parents that wanted what was best for her, but were these parents willing to listen to their daughter to see what was really going on with her before it was too late? This author was able to write this short story that all maybe able to relate to in one way or another. This poor teenager just needed someone to make her feel special(she had many questions and no answers) and it seemed that all her parents wanted to do was beat her down with their thoughts on what was right in the site of 'God.' But really wasn't this about them, only what the parents wanted? What was this teenager crying out for? Then when the word homosexuality came up...well in picking up "He…

Looking For LA LA

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By:  Ellie Campbell
Published By:  Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  4
Book Blog For:  NOR
Review:

"Looking For LA LA" by Ellie Campbell  was a good chick lit romantic read. It took me a moment to understand this 'British Humor' but soon it came together for me and I found myself laughing out loud.  Who ever would have thought that a postcard would present such a problem for Cathy and her husband Declan. This is one novel that  was a well written read with some very 'serious parts.'   There seems to be lots of secrets and when I thought I may have had it figured out...I didn't!  The characters were well developed and very captivating...only to keep you reading to see what was going to happen next.  This stay a home mom was definitely funny, had many issues and lord could she make up things....wow and Cathy's friends were  very interesting.  What I found most interesting was the myst…

How To Survive Your Sisters

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By:  Ellie Campbell
Published By:  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For: NOR
Review:

"How To Survive Your Sisters" by Ellie Campbell was of four sisters and one was getting marriage and  wanting the 'perfect wedding' in this chick-lit read.
I will say that the characters seemed to be in a world of their own being well portrayed and so colorful with each sister having their own story. This author did a good job at blending the various stories together with its suspense and even the realism of what all was going on in this story. Indeed these sisters did interact just like sisters. We find the MacLeod's sister...the  oldest sister Avril was a 'Hollywood a Agent,' Milly was married and a  mother of three, Natalie was the 'Bride to be' and last there was the baby sister Hazel.  Some of the sisters were likable more than others.  I will let you decide which ones you will …

Burning Embers

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By:  Hannah Fielding
Published By: Omnific Publishing
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  4
Review:

"Burning Embers" by Hannah Fielding good contemporary, historical romance read that was set in Africa in the 1970's.   I did like how the author was able to bring the area of Kenya to life with all of the descriptions...making it seem as though you were actually there.  This was a good adventure of Coral and Rafe in Kenya with these characters being so well developed and even colorful. Be ready for many twist and turns that will only keep you turning the pages till the end giving you a good undercurrent of a  mystery along with a good romance. This is the part that I say you must pick up "Burning Embers" to see how this hero's past will be revealed and also seeing the heroine maturing somewhat.  Be ready for a predictable read that is somewhat slow but still in the end a good read of 'love, loss, jealous, heartbreak and angst.'…

Christmas At The Beach

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By:  Wendy Wax
Published By:  InterMix
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For: NOR
Review:

"Christmas At The Beach" by Wendy Wax was a good 'short holiday' novella that
was the last Christmas at Bella Flora homestead. We find that this family will gather back at the first house they 'did over'...from the 'reality TV show' for their 'last goodbye.'

If you are in for a lots of family drama, "Christmas At The Beach" will take you there...with also a 'touch of suspense.'  Be ready for seeing that they survived, thrived and their will be even more new challenges  ahead as they start another reality show 'Do Over.'   

Just a little from the read...

"Kyra, Madeline’s daughter, returns to the newly sold Bella Flora for one last Christmas, she’s hoping to get a brief respite from the paparazzi that constantly hounds her and the son she had with famous actor Daniel Deranian. But when a…