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GOLDEN REVIEW Book! “Gastien Part 1” by Caddy Rowland

“…The pacing and structure are perfectly judged and help to develop Gastien’s story. What really makes this a cut above many other historical dramas is the emotional complexity of Gastien, which creates a great deal of empathy. He feels – and this is quite rare in historical fiction – like a real person.
Chris Algernon, IndieBookSpot

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When young Gastien Beauchamp flees the farm for Paris, the late nineteenth century bohemian era is in full swing. Color has always called to him, beseeching him to capture it on canvas and show people a new way of seeing things. His father belittled his dream of being an artist and tried to beat him into giving it up. The dream wouldn’t die, but Gastien would have had he not left.

He also yearns to become a great lover. After the years of anguish he has endured at the hand of his father, it would be heaven to feel pleasure instead of pain.

However, the city of Paris has a ruthless agenda. Unless a man has money and connections, Paris unfeelingly crushes dreams and destroys souls. With neither of the required assets, Gastien faces living in alleys, digging in trash bins for food, and sleeping where a man is often killed for his threadbare blanket.

Left with only his dreams, Gastien stubbornly pushes on. He vows that absolutely nothing will stop him, not yet realizing what keeping that vow might mean. Sometimes the “impossible” is possible – but the cost can be extremely high.

One of the MANY five star reviews!

This book, the first in a trilogy, catches your mind and races away with it. Drawing you further and further into Gastiens world and holding you there for hours upon hours.
When you can break away, it stays in your thoughts, until you rush back, and once again you are drawn into the world of Gastien.
Very enjoyable. With a touch of Horatio Alger’s, Rags to Riches atmosphere. Enjoy!!
If you buy any book this month or next, this series is the set to buy. Start at the beginning with Gastien part 1 and begin a page turning adventure full of Love, Adventure, Color, and Humiliation.
Well worth the extremely low cost right now. Buy it now at an exceptional bargain.  –  Dayton F. Larson

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GOLDEN REVIEW Book! “Ocean of Dust” by Graeme Ing

“It’s been a while since I read a book that I just didn’t want to put down.”  –  Deb

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Fourteen-year old Lissa is snatched from her home and finds herself a slave on a trading ship traveling on a waterless ocean of nothing but gray dust. A feisty, curious and intelligent girl, her desire to explore the ship earns her the hatred of the cruel first officer, Farq.

Fascinated by the ocean of dust, Lissa becomes embroiled in its mysteries, sensing things that the crew cannot, while cryptic whispers in her head are leading her toward a destiny linked to the dust itself. Only one man aboard can help her make sense of her new talent, but can she trust him? All is not as it seems, and she must unravel the clues before it’s too late.

When a sinister plot casts her adrift on the barren ocean, her best friend is left in the hands of the treacherous crew. Everything hinges upon her courage, quick wits, and her ability to master her new talent.

This reader would recommend it!

Ocean of Dust kept me wondering what would happen to Lissa next, and I was always surprised, page after page. The places she went, and the challenges she faced, were beautifully described and unique. The secondary characters were complex, and I, like Lyssa, was never quite sure who to trust. It’s been a while since I read a book that I just didn’t want to put down. This book is a great read for all ages and I sure hope there will be sequels.  – Deb

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GOLDEN REVIEW Book! “Daughters” by Consuelo Saah Baehr

“No fiction that I have read has illuminated the nation that was Palestine through the medium of the family saga … as does this absorbing novel. Like a landscape painter, Baehr skillfully paints the background and it becomes a palpable experience. I for one long to know what has happened to the village and its families in the last forty years.” Washington Post Book World

“Sweeping, uncommonly stirring!”
Publishers Weekly

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From the one room dwellings of a tiny village near Jerusalem to the elegant town houses of Georgetown; from a world steeped in ancient traditions to a world of independent women comes this multi-layered novel of the lives, loves, secrets and strivings of three generations of Palestinian Christian women.

Miriam Mishwe is born into a world that hasn’t changed for centuries – rural Palestine in the last years of the 19th century. She marries a man chosen by her family but the world she sees as unchangeable is on the verge of upheaval.

Nadia is Miriam’s daughter. Sent to a local British school, she adopts many modern ideas but is not ready to renounce her heritage. It is Nadia’s child, Nijmeh, who looks to the west and calls herself by her English name, Star, when she goes to live in America. There she faces problems unknown in her childhood world of brooding hills and desert and brilliant skies.

Daughters is an unforgettable novel about courage, love and hope; and about two worlds – one ancient, one modern – and the extraordinary women who bridge them.

One of the MANY five star reviews!

Just finished Consuelo Saah Baehr’s Daughters. One of the most rewarding reads I’ve had in a long time. Luscious descriptions, unforgettable characters, and superbly researched data make this tale of a family over several generations something I couldn’t put down. I’m recommending it to my book group.  –  Sandy Nathan “Sandy”

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GOLDEN REVIEW Book! “Her Minnesota Man” by Breanda Coulter

“ This love story shows how faith in God can be rocked and can be found. ”
– Tessie Griffin

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A HEARTWARMING CHRISTIAN ROMANCE NOVEL

Rock star Jackson Bell has just given his heart to God. Resolved to abandon his wicked lifestyle and eager for instruction in Christian living, he heads home to Owatonna, Minnesota and the girl-next-door he’s secretly loved for years. Dismayed to find Laney Ryland in the midst of a faith crisis, “Jeb” quickly formulates a plan: He’ll help Laney get her faith back, and then he’ll find her a good Christian man to marry so she can get started on that big family she longs for.

It won’t be easy, watching another man slide a ring onto Laney’s finger. But she deserves only the best, and Jeb means to see that she gets it. Now if only her great-aunts, those pesky 79-year-old matchmaking triplets known as the Three Graces, will just stay out of his way . . . .

One (out of 111) five star reviews!

I loved this story. I loved the way Laney kept loving Jeb through his rough patches and forgetfulness. It is a realistic love story. One of love- the real, hard choices, sacrificial, warts and all sort of love. I loved Jeb. He wasn’t quite a ‘bad boy’ because his heart shone through on every page. Charming, sexy, oh and did I mention he plays in a band.
A great story, I highly recommend you buy it! 🙂  –  dingo4mum

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GOLDEN REVIEW Book! “Playing Dead” by Jody E. Lebel

“ The story was entertaining and fun, but it was the author’s incredible talent in drawing her characters that kept me turning pages. ” – Rebecca Forster

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Court reporter Renee Rose found out the hard way that hooking up with a cop is like a bikini wax–it starts off hot, turns painful, and ends in tears.

But when her best friend receives an e-mail, supposedly from her long-dead fiancé, demanding money, Renee knows they need help. Too bad help comes in the form of Detective Anthony Graciano, an annoying, bossy cop who somehow manages to haul Renee’s libido out of dry dock.

Police work is more than a career to Anthony, it’s an obsession. He specializes in cases involving female victims, which leaves him no time for anything else. Until he meets Renee, a delicious mystery he yearns to explore.

As danger closes in, Anthony fights to keep Renee safe despite her tendency to plunge headlong into danger–and her doubts about him. Can she learn to trust his love before it’s too late?

One of the MANY five star reviews!

Every reader rates books differently. I rate mine on enjoyment factor and Playing Dead is a factor of 5!
The story was entertaining and fun, but it was the author’s incredible talent in drawing her characters that kept me turning pages. Good guys or bad, each one had a distinctive voice that always delighted me. However, the author’s talent was even more evident in that she didn’t let any one character dominate. I was introduced to a complete – and completely delightful – universe that kept spinning smoothly until the very last page. Clearly Ms. Lebel loved every single one of her characters and so did I. Watch out, Jody E. Lebel has words and she knows how to use them!
  –  Rebecca Forster

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GOLDEN REVIEW Book! “Gnit-Wit Gnipper and the Ferocious Fire Ants” by T.J. Lantz

“ Gnit-wit Gnipper and the Ferocious Fire Ants is an imaginative, fun story for everyone. ” – Heather Schubert

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Gnipper is an eight year old gnomish scientist trying hard to earn the community’s respect for her work. She just needed an idea that could benefit everyone and now she has it- she’s going to create a growth serum to fix the gnome’s height issues. Everything is great until she decides to test her product on Chloe, the queen of her fire ant farm. Now she needs to act quickly or the entire community is about to be destroyed by twenty pound, angry insects. Can she save Rosehaven from another one of her mishaps?

This reader would recommend it!

After reading Lantz’s Gnit-Wit Gnipper and the Perilous Plague, I was excited to see he already had a follow-up available on Kindle. While Gnipper remains the star of the show, what I liked best about this new story was the supporting cast the author introduces. Each character has a unique personality, and I ended up being a fan of them all.

The story itself is well crafted, and readers of all ages should enjoy finding out how Gnipper gets herself out of another crazy dilemma (which she created in the first place). There’s no drop off in quality from the first story, so if you read that and liked it — or if you’re a fan of witty fantasy similar to that of Terry Pratchett or Neil Gaiman — you should enjoy this.    –  Fantasy Fiction Fan

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GOLDEN REVIEW Book! “Sink or Swim” by Stacy Juba

“ This is a fun read, with mystery, suspense and a little romance. ” – BookAddict

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A #1 Kindle Bestseller in the Women Sleuths Category and Romantic Suspense.

Personal trainer Cassidy Novak has gained fame for starring on a hit reality show, but not only does she lose, she discovers she is being stalked. She’s also being shadowed by Zach Gallagher, a hunky photographer assigned to capture her personal moments for the local newspaper. As her former competitors get killed off one by one, Cassidy refuses to play by the stalker’s bizarre rules. When the stalker forces a showdown, Cassidy must play to win.

This title is also available in Kindle format as part of the Young Ladies of Mystery Boxed Set.

One of the MANY five star reviews!

As with the first book, 25 Years Ago Today, I could not put this book down until the end. Well written with real characters that come alive as the story unfolds. Just how paranoid can you get when you know you have a stalker? How can anything be normal in every day life? Considering I got the stalker wrong, you’ll be surprised at the twists and turns that will make you second guess the identity of the stalker.
Again, I highly recommend this book to everyone out there who enjoys a good mystery.  – fettwolf

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GOLDEN REIVEW Book! “Rex Rising” by Chrystalla Thoma

“ The characters were strong and well developed and the world they lived in was vividly described. ” –  Sapphyria

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In a world where parasites create new human races, Elei leads a peaceful life — until a mysterious attack on his boss sends him fleeing with a bullet in his side. Pursued for a secret he does not possess and with the fleet at his heels, he has but one thought: to stay alive. His pursuers aren’t inclined to sit down and talk, although that’s not the end of Elei’s troubles. The two powerful parasites inhabiting his body, at a balance until now, choose this moment to bring him down, leaving Elei with no choice but to trust in people he hardly knows. It won’t be long before he realizes he must find out this deadly secret – a secret that might change the fate of his world and everything he has ever known – or die trying.
Dystopian Science Fiction novel. 76 thousand words/approx. 300 pages

Winner of position #6 on the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll in the category of Fantasy and Science Fiction Novels published in 2011.

Warning: Some profanity and violence.

This reader loved it!

An original and engaging read. A young man with the weight of the world inside him, struggling to understand and survive in a harsh, well-drawn world of cruelty and inhuman conditions, Elei will steal your heart, as will Kalaes, a guy who maintains his humanity just when you think things will never get better for Elei. The pace is relentless, the settings so fresh I know I’d stand in line to watch Rex Rising on a screen. I can’t wait for book two to release, and I highly recommend this novel.  –  Arlie Ann

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GOLDEN REVIEW Book! “The Do-Over’ by Kathy Dunnehoff

“ I really enjoyed this book for an easy light read. ” –  golfgirl62

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Just before her fortieth birthday, Mara Jane Mulligan, devoted wife and mother, runs out of bubble bath, and the ensuing panic attack drives her to Canada for more. She realizes that one foamy soak probably won’t cure what ails her, so she takes a 30 day vacation from her life. (What woman doesn’t need one of those?) As her 30 days sail by, Mara Jane Mulligan discovers she has a decision to make that even Dorothy couldn’t avoid… Will she click her heels for home or kick them up for good?

This reader gave it five stars!

This novel invites all of us to take a chance, to make a leap of faith, and to try a new approach in our otherwise mundane lives. In The Do-Over, Ms. Dunnehoff rings a bell that incites a perfectly normal wife and mother to flee her suburban life for unknown parts in another country, all because an empty bottle of soap sabotages her bubble bath. We’ve all been there, at that ‘final straw’, the one tiny situation that snowballs into a tornado. Think Steve Martin in Father of the Bride when he only wants 8 hot dog buns instead of 10. Protagonist Janie Mulligan flees in the middle of the night to purchase more soap in a strange place where she knows not a soul. Yet there amidst the chaos of a small town, she finds something that’s been eluding her for years: her purpose. Meanwhile, Janie’s befuddled but tenacious spouse shows more patience than most when he follows her, along with his mother, to convince her their life is just fine the way it is. Like a typical guy who hates change, he just doesn’t get it until … well, that’s the fun part! The writing is witty, the plot clever, the theme universal, and the feeling at the end, happy but realistic. I can’t wait for this author’s next book!
–  P.A. Moore

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GOLDEN REVIEW Book! “Mad World: Epidemic” by Samaire Provost

“ This book will grab your attention from the first few paragraphs and it won’t let you go until it is finished! ” – Val

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“The Black Plague is ancient history. It killed 100 million people nearly seven centuries ago, halfway around the world from the technologically advanced research center at Stanford University. Scientists there have recently begun examining samples of bone marrow from plague-infected corpses unearthed in Europe. All the necessary safeguards are in place. What could go wrong?
Alyssa and Jake are away with their class on a highly anticipated year-end trip to Broadway with their senior acting class when all hell breaks loose at home. Traveling back, and trying to find their families, they encounter deadly results. Riots are breaking out. People are being evacuated. And they have no idea what’s happening to their families.
Horrific ordeals, heart-pounding tragedy, and chance encounters harden them for what lies ahead. Faced with tormenting decisions, they’re forced to follow their instinct for survival at any cost – even when the cost is a heart-wrenching decision of life or death.
A harrowing adventure of frightening discoveries, horrifying confrontations and narrow escapes in Epidemic, the first installment of the Mad World series.
Find out what’s got everyone so terrified.”

One of the MANY five star reviews!

For sure one of the best books I have ever read. Great story line. Great writing everything about this book is just great I suggest this book to anyone looking for a new read and a way to kill time I seriously could not put it down!  –  V. Nash

 

 

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