Saturday, December 26, 2015


THE WEDDING CHAPEL by RACHEL HAUCK

What a beautiful story THE WEDDING CHAPEL is. It is about two generations  as story flows like delicate flowers nestled in a vase. The story starts during post-World War and continues to the present day. The author takes readers on a journey where families will make tough decisions and the hope of finding love that will last forever. I loved how the characters were portrayed and the realism the author wrote as they experience secrets , betrayals and a misunderstanding that could stand in the way of love.

Jack and Taylor are as different as night and day, but they eloped one day because of love. I loved when he said he, "Wanted  to be her hero." He wanted her not to regret taking a leap with him." As many couples do, they have disagreements. But when Jack tells Taylor he has a photography job for her you say see her face lightup. Will this job be a stepping stone in her career? What mystery will the building she is photographing unveil?

Collette is in town for a cast picture for the show "Always Tomorrow." She has been the matriarch of the show for six decades and the era has  come to an  end. I loved reading about Collette. She reminds me of several actors from soap operas that have recently gone off the air.   The grace and elegance Collette presents on screen will be missed by her many fans. The photographer for the shoot is Taylor, Collette's niece which I was excited to read. I could see the story start to entertwine and the drama that was about to unfold.

There is one more person to add to the mix and his name is Jimmy. Now Jimmy , also known as Coach has just been notified that "Architecuture Quarterly" wanted to send a photographer to take a picture of The Wedding CHAPEL  on his property. The chapel is a very private and enduring but sad  memory for him. Why did he build it? What long forgotten love will it expose?

The author does a great job of going back and forth between eras while telling a beautiful story of long lost love, new love and a love that spans a lifetime. It's intricate details make the story special and cast a picture of a beautiful chapel nestled away just waiting to be discovered. It's time to join the characters and explore a story that will have you  shedding tears, laughing and discovering long forgotten dreams. THE WEDDING CHAPEL is a master piece of words that paint a priceless picture of love.

I received a copy of THE WEDDING CHAPEL from the Fiction Guild for an honest review.

Thursday, December 24, 2015


MARTIAL LAW by BOBBY AKART

The moment this book hit my kindle, I immediately sensed an explosive story unfolding. MARTIAL LAW is by far the best in the series. With each book in the series,  the action is more intense , the survival is more urgent and the characters are more prepared. The beginning starts off with a bang and never lets up. What happens when the power goes out everywhere? Are you prepared? The Loyal Nine have been prepared for this and the team is closing  the gap in their tight knit group. All around them is panic and mayhem. The team is strong and with a sense of calmness, they put their plan of survival into place. This third installment in this  series has everything you would expect from a fast  paced thriller.   Bobby  Akart has become a best selling author to be reckoned  with. He pulls no punches, is straight forward and delivers a story that gave me shivers as I envisioned  myself in the midst of the crowd fighting for supplies. I love the author's knowledge of guns, technology and law . He  is the  master of history and is very detailed in that area.  It  shows in the intelligent writing throughout the book. I loved the references to easily identifiable things like CVS where people were fighting to get their medication. It really hits home and makes readers hopefully start to think about the future . The book is authentic and will have you thinking about your preparedness if this would happen in your town or state. I'm thrilled that MARTIAL LAW is now available because it is a must read for everyone. Don't miss your chance to read a story that grabs your attention and makes you think.  Are you ready? Can you defend yourself ? Are you willing to do whatever it takes to survive?

Tuesday, December 22, 2015


THE SHOCK OF NIGHT by PATRICK W. CARR

I don't normally read fantasy books, but I am glad I was able to read this one.  Is is set in a place that is surrounded by "The Darkwater." Just seeing that name gave me shivers. It is definitely an attention getter and to find out that it consists of a mysterious evil source had me hooked on the book.

Willet Dura is the chief detective who is loyal and very caring. He is a very likeable person and easily befriends those who are widows, children that have become orphans and yes even  prostitutes. As Willet receives a "gift" that allows him to read minds and experience their feelings, his life is turned upside down. I don't think I would want to know what other people were thinking, do you?


This book is filled with mystery, adventure , unsavory characters , murder , kidnapping and even a sword fight. Willet will have his hands full trying to stay one step ahead of those who want his "gift." Can he continue to be loyal or will something tempt him to falter? The book is well written and holds your attention as you travel to a time where it becomes hard to trust anyone in a kingdom where staying alive could mean fighting and outwitting the enemy. The story is fast paced and has a great cast of characters. Get ready for a great book that is filled with Knights, lords and people who will fight for what is right and just.

I received a copy of this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.

Monday, December 21, 2015



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THE HOSPITALIST

by 

Michael Weisberg, M.D.


Print Length: 346 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1483419975
Publisher: Rebreca Publishing; First Edition edition (July 11, 2014)
Publication Date: July 11, 2014
Price: $17.99

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What happens when you are admitted to the hospital as a patient, and the physician assigned to be your doctor has never seen you before and knows absolutely nothing about you? 


Welcome to Medicine in the 21st century, where the results of having a Hospitalist instead of your own doctor can be disastrous. 



Specialist Dr. Aaron Bernstein enters the world of the Hospitalist firsthand when he confronts a schizophrenic patient who -- literally -- is a ticking time-bomb.









Dr. Michael F. Weisberg

Dr. Michael Weisberg has been a practicing gastroenterologist for over 23 years in Plano, Texas. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.

He has been recognized as a ‘Super-Doctor’ by Texas Monthly and named to D Magazine’s list of best doctors eight times. Dr. Weisberg also serves as a board member of Digestive Health Associates of Texas.  

Dr. Weisberg graduated in 1981 from Vanderbilt University Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 1985 and completed a fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Dr. Weisberg has written stories throughout his medical career. In 2011 he won first prize in a short-story competition sponsored by Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.

The Hospitalist is Dr. Weisberg’s first novel. He is currently working on his second novel.

He lives in Dallas with his wife and three children.

Professional Affiliations

American College of Gastroenterology
Texas Society for Gastroenterology and Endoscopy
Texas Medical Association
Dallas County Medical Society


North Texas Chapter - Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America 



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This is definitely a book that will open your eyes to the health care system. It is a riveting account of doctors who treat patients during their hospital stay. As you read the book, you find that not all doctors want to treat their patients when they have to be hospitalized. The definition of Hospitalist is, "a doctor who takes care of patients whose doctors don't want to take care of them when they get sick and have to be hospitalized." What a concept. You see your doctor for routine checkups, then one day you are sent to the hospital . What is waiting for you there, is a fill in doctor. It reminds me of someone being called in off the bench from a sporting event. That person is now substituting for the star "doctor."

The book was very explosive and detailed to perfection. I could not put it down. The author does a great job in describing the workings in the hospital and the many  people who work there. The different cases the doctors work on  are fascinating and keep the reader interested as we get to explore the inside workings of a hospital. It is a roller coaster ride of patients with different ailments and doctors who are overworked at times. Some of the doctors  were  unconcerned for their patient's well being. It seems they were more focused on the money that they could make. I liked how the story showed the dynamics of a hospital much like one we have each visited at one time. The book moves at a rapid pace and gives readers various patients which are realistic. I found myself being transformed to an episode of ER as the author gives us intrigue, danger and a cast of characters that keep you on the edge of your seat. I was very impressed with the writing and enjoyed reading a great book about the inside of a hospital as seen through the eyes of doctors, patients and family members.

I was given a copy of this book from Lone Star Lit Life Book Tours for an honest review.



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Sunday, December 20, 2015


CENTRALIA by MIKE DELLOSSO

This story will grab you from the beginning on a roller coaster ride that doesn't stop till the end. For some reason Peter Ryan has lost his wife and daughter. He can't understand what has happened to them. Friends  and family try him repeatedly to tell him that they died, but he does not believe them.  Where did his family disappear,  to he wonders. Are they really dead or is something more going on that may endanger him?

The story is a knockout mystery that  will keep you barely hanging on to your seat as the story is a bumpy ride into the secrets of a missing wife and daughter.  But is that all to the story? Is there an underlying secret thst Peter doesn't know about? When Peter's house is broken into, his survival skills kick in and it is him against the world. The characters are well developed and hold your attention as you weave your way  through a series of twists and turns. Just when you think you have the story figured out, the author slams you with a very intense turn that takes the story in another direction. I hope you are prepared to stay up late as you start this explosive , intriguing book. It is not a book that can  be put down until the author delivers the exciting ending that keeps you wanting more. I will look forward to more books from this genius storyteller of intrigue and heart pounding action .

I received a copy of this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review

CHRISTMAS STAR SAPPHIRE by HALEE BRIDGEMAN

This is a nice quick read packed with a wonderful story about wealth, unforgiveness  and letting go of your past. Some of us think that being wealthy is the most important thing in finding happiness. We believe with money, we will be happier, have lots of friends and live an easy care free life. The book is written with depth as it explores the different ways the characters handle being wealthy.

In this book, the author  tells a story about Joe who is a very dedicated man of faith. He ministers to college students and is content with his life. He starts to fall for a young woman named Madeline. As they start to grow closer, Joe decides he can't be in a relationship with her. He has found out that her family is extremely wealthy and it bothers him.  He is afraid to let someone in, to trust someone , to love them. Will Joe let go and trust God? Can Joe follow God for direction in his life , or turn away and stay alone forever ?  What reaction will Madeline have when Joe tells her about his painful past?  Will a tragedy during the holidays bring Joe close to his father again? Can he forgive his father for the painful childhood he endured?

Don't  miss this great intriguing story of redemption, letting go of the past and learning to trust God . I really enjoyed the way the author focused on the struggles that being wealthy can cause. We don't realize how "the love of money " can destroy relationships until it is to late. The author has done an amazing job of showing readers how unforgiveness can lead to mistrust, loneliness and bitterness. I loved the realism between Joe and his estranged father. The past is sometimes painful, but it can be a lesson to learn to trust God and know He never gives us more than we can handle.

"In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:6

I received a copy of this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.

THE SUPER MOM MYTH by BECKY KOPITZKE

I remember the moment I found out I was pregnant. I was ready to take on the world and be the world's best mom who could handle it all. What a dream I was living in. The minute we had that little bundle all to ourselves, my hands started to sweat as I realized I didn't  know what I was doing. I wish I had been able to read "The Super Mom Myth" and realized I was going to be ok.

The book is chalked full of helpful insights to help moms everywhere get through the day and feel good about theirselves. I definitely could relate to "The Grouch on the Couch." I seemed to be forever in a bad mood. After all, I felt like I had to do everything in order to be the best mom in the world. There was no way I was going to fail and give in to the thoughts of "You can't do this. You are a terrible mom."

As you read each chapter, there are scriptures and wisdom that transpire across the pages as the author shares her struggles and triumphs of motherhood. I loved reading her different illustrations with her children that really opened my eyes to many things I could relate to. How many of us have screamed because our child lost something or didn't do a chore.p?  Out job is to train them up, pray for them and guide them in the right direction. We also need to support them and encourage them and above all love them unconditionally .

One of the things I though was so powerful in this book was to learn to apologize to our children. "When we apologize and ask our kids for forgiveness, it teaches them that we are not perfect, nor do we expect them to be."
I loved how she has designed the book into eight different topics. It makes an easy tool to go directly to what topic you are struggling with and read that chapter. It has questions at the end of the book that is perfect for a bible study to do with others or for an individual to use .

We are not perfect but we can be great moms by praying, encouraging and keeping the Word alive in our hearts. I hope as you read this book, you find nuggets of truths that will set you free from the myth that we have to be "a super mom."

I received this book from Barbour Publushing for an honest review.


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HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN
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James Lee Burke



Title: HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN
Author: James Lee Burke
Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
# of pages: 448

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New York Times bestseller James Lee Burke returns with his latest masterpiece, the story of a father and son separated by war and circumstance—and whose encounter with the legendary Holy Grail will change their lives forever.

From its opening scene in revolutionary Mexico to the Battle of the Marne in 1918, and on to the bordellos and saloons of San Antonio during the reign of the Hole in the Wall Gang, House of the Rising Sun is an epic tale of love, loss, betrayal, vengeance, and retribution that follows Texas Ranger Hackberry Holland on his journey to reunite with his estranged son, Ishmael, a captain in the United States Army.

After a violent encounter that leaves four Mexican soldiers dead, Hackberry escapes the country in possession of a stolen artifact, earning the ire of a bloodthirsty Austrian arms dealer who then places Hack’s son Ishmael squarely in the cross hairs of a plot to recapture his prize, believed to be the mythic cup of Christ.

Along the way, we meet three extraordinary women: Ruby Dansen, the Danish immigrant who is Ishmael’s mother and Hackberry’s one true love; Beatrice DeMolay, a brothel madam descended from the crusader knight who brought the shroud of Turin back from the Holy Land; and Maggie Bassett, one-time lover of the Sundance Kid, whose wiles rival those of Lady Macbeth. In her own way, each woman will aid Hackberry in his quest to reconcile with Ishmael, to vanquish their enemies, and to return the Grail to its rightful place.

House of the Rising Sun is James Lee Burke’s finest novel to date, and a thrilling entry into the Holland family saga that continued most recently with Wayfaring Stranger, which The New York Times Book Review described as “saturated with the romance of the past while mournfully attuned to the unholy menace of the present.”

Praise for the author

“The heavyweight champ, a great American novelist.” Michael Connelly
A classic saga of the American West from James Lee Burke
House of the Rising Sun

One of America’s most acclaimed and versatile novelists returns with a harrowing, historical epic featuring Texas Ranger Hackberry Holland. Starting in revolutionary Mexico circa 1918 and winding through seedy, gang-controlled San Antonio, Holland fights his way back to his Army captain son while protecting one of history’s most fabled artifacts.
“A gorgeous prose stylist.” —Stephen King
“The reigning champ of nostalgia noir.” —The New York Times Book Review





James Lee Burke, a rare winner of two Edgar Awards, and named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels and two collections of short stories. He lives in Missoula, Montana






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It has been awhile since I have read a really good story  that is chocked full of strong characters. House of the Rising  Sun has so many great characters , that I liked them all. The  author wrote them with such depth that they came alive on the pages. That's when I knew I was in for an adventure that would grab me from the beginning and take off at full speed with twists and turns.

A former Texas Ranger named Hackberry Holland is on a mission to find his missing son. It seems to stumble on roadblocks as he hunts for Ismael, his son. Could it be that Ismael being a captain in the U.S. Army may have caused someone to kidnap him?  Hackberry suspects that the Mexican soldiers may know something about his missing son. After Hackberry kills several Mexican soldiers, he decides to steal a very important artifact . This artifact belongs to a ruthless arms dealer named Arnold Beckman. That probably was not one of Hackberry's greatest decisions. Has Hackberry just signed his own death warrant? Will his son play a part in the stolen artifact that puts him in danger?

I liked Hackberry because he has flaws that sometimes makes his decisions seem harsh or lack judgment. He has a tendency to like the liquor a bit to much and has knee jerk reactions to things. He acts impulsively without thinking which causes some friction with others in the story. I think of him as a hot head at times, which causes him to be violent .


House of The Rising Sun has action, tension, intrigue and a cast of characters you won't soon forget. It's a great story with many intense scenes and keeps you glued to the pages. The story is easy to follow and gives you a feel of the old west. This book will be liked by those looking for a great action packed good guys vs bad guys theme that will fight it out in an epic battle by superb writing and flawless scenes that jump off the pages.

I received a copy of this book from The Lone Star Lit Life Book Tour for an honest review.



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THE KILLING:DRINK by CS KENDALL

From the moment I started reading, I became engrossed in the story. What a creative mind the author has as we are swept inside a story inside a story. Yes it was really two stories that entwined themselves so masterfully, that I was totally taken off guard . There is so much intrigue, I felt like I was watching an episode of The Twilight Zone. 

The characters are multi -dimensional and at times dark and spooky. I thought I was reading a lovely romance story at the beginning, but when the  twist came out of nowhere I was hooked. It is a dark story which the author writes with a hint of a deep and scary edge of your seat roller coaster ride. I was  mesmerized by the expertly developed characters and their descent into the dark realms of spells and downright chilling scenes . 

This book is one you will not figure out as it has layers that must be peeled away a little at a time to truly grasp the writings of an author with an imagination that surpasses many well known mystery writers. As you  read this story, take in the details, the little subtle hints of what is to come and get ready to be blown away by the ending. I would highly recommend this book to readers that love a great mystery with a taste of the dark side. It is a book that could easily be turned into a blockbuster movie. Well done CS Kendall. 

I received a copy of this book from LibraryThing for an honest review.