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GOLDEN REVIEW Book! “The Dark Horde” by Brewin

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1989, rural Victoria, Australia. Something is preying upon the township of Howqua Hills. Brian Derwent, head of the local Police Station, must simultaneously grapple with the investigation, his disintegrating personal life and unseen forces that are not of this world.

Part thriller, part crime-fiction, all supernatural horror, The Dark Horde tells of the return of an ancient evil that is neither stoppable nor comprehensible…

This reader loved it!

This book was masterfully crafted. All the storylines were woven in such a way that you always wanted to root for the underdog yet wasn’t always sure that they would win but most definitely knew it was possible they could lose. The characters were shown to have flaws, unpredictable, courage, rage, sometimes hope, bullied, and eager for something to happen. I certainly hope you take the adventurous task of reading this wonderful book. I look forward to the next adventure this author presents me. Enjoy!  –   Angie

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GOLDEN REVIEW Book! “Catch and Release” by James. T. Twerell

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Catch and Release, a romance/suspense novel, is the story of two lives from vastly different backgrounds, drawn together by fate and a common love of the great outdoors. The crossing of Jennifer and Steve’s paths releases an explosion of love, passion, adventure and ultimately a reason for a shared journey. Within 24 hours, they catch a few trout, have a passionate affair, shoot and kill a man, are involved in two gun battles, receive wounds and end up in Miami, Florida. All this, and as Steve says, they still have six days of vacation left. Their relationship touches long-buried feelings in Jennifer, while shattering the mundane existence suffocating Steve.

This reviewer loved it!

If you want to read a book which will keep you guessing and have you wondering about what’s really going on, this is sure to catch you but I’m not sure it will release you until long after the last page has been read.
The characters are true to life with a story which could have had a simple happily-ever-after ending without a lot of fanfare. However, if there was anything which could go wrong, it did. A doctor who had previously led a sheltered, boring life became a target after meeting a woman at his favourite fishing grounds – fleeing the scene just after killing a man in self-defence.
From there, the heat is on and it’s only thanks to the lady he met that his life was spared on a few occasions. As they team up to catch the criminals, they are in for the ride of their lives and it was truly an engaging read.  –  N. Budden

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GOLDEN REVIEW Book! “Legacy of the Highlands” by Harriet Schultz

“ It was well written, it was thrilling read with intriguing plot and very lovable characters. ” –  IngaKS

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Young, good-looking, successful and wealthy. Will and Alexandra Cameron had it all until he went out to buy ice cream after an evening of passionate sex and never returned. When his body is discovered in a nearby Boston alley, the only clue to his murder is the Scottish sgian dubh dagger left beside it. Will’s grieving widow finds refuge in the Miami villa of his best friend Diego Navarro, who has the means, power and temperament to solve the puzzle and to avenge his friend’s murder. The sinfully handsome and charming womanizer’s feelings for Alexandra run deep, and he becomes equally determined to win the devastated widow’s heart. The attraction between them grows as they follow leads from Miami to Buenos Aires and Scotland, unraveling the Cameron family’s centuries-old secrets.

One of the MANY five star reviews!

Once you enter the world of Legacy of the Highlands, you won’t want to leave. The mysterious murder, the terrific settings, the action and the love story make this book intriguing to female and male readers. I wanted to read and read but didn’t want to reach the last page because the story and the characters are so well developed. Hopefully, the author will write a sequel. I’m ready!!
J. S. Solomon

 

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GOLDEN REVIEW Book! “Gabriella” by Alan Hardy

“ A must for those who like comedy and adult humor in books. ”  –  ministerialme

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You’ll love this bawdy, comic account of love and sex during a cricket match, where red balls, long-handled bats and probing deliveries are ideal metaphors for the game of love. This is a game of cricket played in a way you’ve never seen before.

Watch the love contest between Gabriella, the aristocratic hot totty, and Jim, the virginal working-class rebel. Read of Jim’s balls smashing against Gabriella’s body and rearing up between her legs as she pads up and tries to fight off his probing deliveries.

Thrill to Jim’s vicious balls divesting Gabriella of her sexy clothing until she stands defiant in her naked and beautiful glory. Read spellbound as Gabriella comes close to losing Jim to a rival. Find out the truth about Gabriella’s parentage. Follow Jim and Gabriella with ball and bat as they play out cricket’s equivalent of sexual intercourse.

Will Jim and Gabriella live happily ever after, or will someone destroy Gabriella’s plans?

This reader loved it!

When I began reading Gabriella, I immediately decided to take out a piece of scrap paper and write out the multitude of thoughts that came to mind – quirky, shocking, awe, satire, politically incorrect, daring, extreme, intriguing and many more. Over the course of the novel, I came to appreciate the witty, skillful writing and cunning play on this class-war love story.
Falling in love, during a cricket match – who would’ve thought it? And in the manner that Alan Hardy describes. I must say that I am impressed with his writing styles and the layout of this short novel. It takes a very special kind of storyteller to present a potentially offensive piece in such an artistic manner. Granted, there were times I felt myself blush; however, the symbolism was apparent throughout the novel. In fact, I looked forward to the layering of characters and events during the match. Wonderful piece, Mr. Hardy!
–  JGRWriter

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GOLDEN REVIEW Book! “The Secret Behind the Lies” by Karen A. Bily

“I liked the characters and felt like I knew them…good writing! ” – Gerald A. Kurz jr.

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Laurel Sutton was tired of being perfect- and boring. When she wanted to come out of her shell and escape the monotony of her pristine reputation, Nick Slater was the perfect way to do so. Their cyber-flirting over the past year seemed harmless enough- until she finally accepted his invitation for a weekend together in Miami. When Laurel realizes that she has just cheated on her handsome, wealthy and powerful record executive fiancé, Aiden Montgomery, she runs. Will a vacation from her ‘good girl’ life destroy everything she has? Will Aiden find out that she really wasn’t visiting her best friend after all? Will Nick ever forgive her for running out on him? Or will he make her pay for her mistakes? Helpless, with no one to turn to and a growing stack of lies on her psyche, Laurel makes a frantic plea for everything and everyone she loves. Fear and panic set in quickly, and as the pace of the dance quickens, Laurel’s only hope is that she’ll soon wake up from this nightmare. 

This reader gave it five stars!

Great book. Nothing ever happens the way you think. Plenty twists and turns to keep you guessing “what will happen next”. The characters come to life. Live in your world so you feel what they feel. Great read!!!!!tink9745

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GOLDEN REVIEW Book! “Baby” by J.K. Accinni

“ A wonderful very well written story. ” Karen Collier
26 reviewers made a similar statement

“ The ending of this book is fantastic and leaves you begging for more! ”
Lauren Alumbaugh 
9 reviewers made a similar statement

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A deeper, darker E.T. A tear jerker featuring the love of an alien creature and the lives he touches.
The series “Species Intervention #6609” spans two hundred years, encompassing tender love between divergent species, political downfalls and violence of unspeakable order. It is an unfortunate tale of Armageddon and the despairing hope of redemption.
In Baby, Netty is a naive teenage farm girl given in marriage to an older brutal opportunist disguised as a successful citizen during the years of Prohibition in Sussex County, New Jersey. After years of enslavement, Netty flees into the night from her rapist husband, traveling back to the farm worked by her parents, where she rescues an unfamiliar damaged creature she finds in a cave in the woods of her childhood, falling in love with the enigmatic creature she names Baby. Together they find happiness and fulfillment despite the changes to Netty’s body wrought by the proximity of the unusual creature.
When a handsome Italian stranger comes into Netty’s life, complications ensue as she falls in love while trying to hide the bizarre and wondrous changes to her farm and her body. Netty, Baby and Wil strive to conquer obstacles thrown in their path by life, succeeding wildly until the heart-rending and astonishingly brutal climax to their story.

One of the MANY five star reviews!

I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book, ET was not my thing and the description compares the two. However I quickly fell in love with it and could not put it down! Netty is a young womsn who is married off at a young age to a cruel heartless man. Netty flees on day and returns to her parents house. Broken hearted and shattered dreams leave you feeling so much sympathy for her. One day Netty finds Baby, a creature never seen before. With Baby’s love and care things change completely for her. Netty then meets the love of her life Wil who accepts her for who she is and what she’s been through. The ex husband catches up with them for a shocking twist! The ending of this book is fantastic and leaves you begging for more!  –  Lauren Alumbaugh “Lauren Alumbaugh”

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GOLDEN REVIEW Book! “On the Road to Death’s Door” by M.J. Williams

“ I really enjoyed this book, and I am looking forward to the next adventure with Emily & Stan. ”  –  Fay

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Emily and Stan Remington’s maiden voyage in their newly inherited, second-hand RV goes awry when a body falls off the top of their vehicle. The retired small town police officer and her husband, a retired history professor, find themselves at the center of a murder investigation involving a politician, a corporate executive, and a hippie priest. Emily butts heads with the local sheriff as their search takes them from a backwoods cabin in Wisconsin’s scenic Door County to the Bishop’s Chancery in Madison to an abandoned island in the infamous Death’s Door Straits.

This reader loved it!

I loved this mystery! I rarely read mysteries, but since this one takes place in locations I am very familiar with, I had to try it!
I was not disappointed. The story is complex, well researched, and well written. I hope to see more installments from this author in the future, as the primary character has a lot to offer!  –  Carter

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GOLDEN REVIEW Book! “Confessions of a Corporate Slut” by Jacqueline Gum

“ Based on real life events, this novel reads like a biography and is brimming with deeply emotional content. ”  –  Alex Hutchinson

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“In CONFESSIONS OF A CORPORATE SLUT, Roberta conquers a bare-knuckle, male-dominated industry and achieves unparalleled success as an overachieving sales pro, entrepreneur, and corporate manager. But something is missing in her life. Marriage. Family. Purpose. When Roberta finds love, she is oblivious to the astronomical losses she will sustain—including pride, self-esteem and money—the tradeoff she makes to help her CEO husband push his manufacturing company to the pinnacle of its industry.

When Roberta moves out of the family home at seventeen, her only working experience is a $1.35 gig at Dairy Queen. Unqualified and underage, she cajoles her way into managing a new restaurant and bar. Eventually she realizes the sales profession offers the best way to maximize her income, so she hits the road in hose and heels and a fifty-pound sample case of glassware, stir sticks, and beverage napkins. Little did she know her success would someday propel her into the unfamiliar role of the ideal corporate wife.

Roberta is the polar opposite of a victim as she faces each challenge with her trademark mixture of spunk and grace. Her wry sense of humor intertwines with conflict, weaving a tapestry rich in humor and irony.

Inspired by a true story CONFESSIONS OF A CORPORATE SLUT, is a tale of ambition and failure…a tale of emotional connection and disconnection … of support and about-faces … of fear and loathing…of love and hate. And a story that is all too often being played out in today’s corporate culture.

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Jacqueline Gum’s book, Confessions of a Corporate Slut, is at once biting, smart, emotional, hilarious and insightful. You get a bird’s eye view of a strong and selfless woman who thrives in the business world, but does not thrive so much in her “wifely” role. This book is a lesson in learning how to stay strong and graceful, despite torrential hurdles. And it’s a lesson in keeping one’s humor and patience despite aggravating situations in both the business world and with family life.

I bought the Kindle version of this book and breezed right on through it one weekend. I just got married myself and I definitely learned a few lessons to carry with me throughout my married life!  – Sophie

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GOLDEN REVIEW Book! “Dragon Soul” by B.J. Whittington

“ Wonderful, immersing, story with compelling characters. ” – Rita

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Dragon Soul begins in a small village of the Palmir people. A quiet, productive and peaceful clan with an almost forgotten violent history. The Plague from the North–an attack of powerful, evil creatures–virtually annihilated them generations ago. They defeated the Plague, with the help of mystics and dragons – but at great cost.

What if the Plague returns? There are so few Dragon Souls. Could they defeat the monsters again? And what of real dragons? Will they ever again exist in their own form?

Vedicville serves as a place to mentor Dragon Souls and Hosts, humans who transform into dragons. Thol, a goat herder at Vedicville, never imagined he would start his day as a human and end up as a dragon. Who would? There are usually indications that a person is Host to a Dragon Soul. The first indication for Thol, was when his hands began to elongate and turn into talons. When Rasdor emerges, unexpectedly, and fly’s off in a panic, several villagers commence a journey to find him. The search uncovers more than the lost dragon, the key to saving their entire civilization. If they realize it in time.

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Kuaric’s mouth fills with an acrid tang. His human body stretches and elongates. Clothes dissolve into his skin. Claws, complete with talons, erupt from his hands and feet. His neck lengthens, with each vertical undulation becoming more serpentine. His head slightly flattens, becoming triangular in shape, silver maned, with flaming red eyes.
Sharp black scales erupt to cover his entire body. A dorsal crest bursts through his back. A tail grows behind and he becomes a dragon of gargantuan size.

Kuaric –now Maru his Dragon Soul– screams with the pain of Transformation. Soon the change is complete. Maru – a powerful, predominately black-bodied dragon with silver mane, ridges and wings stands where a moment before was a mortal man.

This reader loved it!

BJ Whittington’s idea behind this novel, of humans hosting dragon souls, leads to a creative, eloquently written fantasy adventure in which the dragon is a metaphor for man’s enormous desires and fears. The Palmir people are thoughtfully presented in a manner which makes them “real”, the additives of mystics, healers, prophets and of course, dragons, amount to an adroit mix of fantasy and suspense at its best. The transition from man to dragon, inter alia, illustrates Whittington’s lively, compelling imagination; the problems of man and dragon co-exisiting as one in struggles against the enemy resonate with the competing forces at work in any society, culture, world. Vivid, highly imaginative literature which is difficult to put down.  –  ZM

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GOLDEN REVIEW Book! “Another Space in Time” by Richard Bunning

“ Another Space in Time is an interesting and somewhat surprising story that I really enjoyed. ”–  Tahlia Newland

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This is a Writersworld paperback that the author categorises as speculative science. The novel tracks the first 18 days of Rodwell Richards “rebirth” on a planet with an earth-like environment, and a very similar human population. Reborn at the chronological age at which his life was ended on Earth he has to rapidly come to terms with a new life. Accussed of murder Rodwell is soon on the run from the police, and terrorists alike. The struggle to survive in this unfamiliar society has parallels with the sometimes extreme difficulties of immigrants across any state and cultural boundaries. “Another Space in Time” is a reflection on where we might sit as humans in the scheme of the Multiverse, without I hope treading too carelessly on any religious or cultural sensibilities, but it is first and foremost just a robust adventure set somewhere beyond the fringe of the rational space we know.

This reader loved it!

I highly recommend this novel to anyone who likes to question philosophical concepts. The author is an intelligent gentleman who knows how to give us food for thought in many ways. I love the details he weaves of a planet that may just exist between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, but is probably in a different dimension where the sun just switches off at night. I also liked the love story that was intertwined in the writing that is without any blemishes or imperfections. The author makes us wonder about life after death. Another Space in Time is a very refreshing and interesting science fiction novel. I hope you read it when you get a chance and learn about the main character’s rebirth.
Jeannie Walker – Award Winning Author of “Fighting the Devil” – A True Story of Consuming Passion, Deadly Poison, and Murder  –  Jeannie Walker

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