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GOLDEN REVIEW Book! “There Comes A Prophet” by David Litwack

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“ Truly entertaining and absorbing…wonderful characters that keep you engaged.”  – Sleepless in Jersey

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Who among us will cast aside a comfortable existence and risk death to follow a dream?

A world kept peaceful for a thousand years by the magic of the ruling vicars. But a threat lurks from a violent past. Wizards from the darkness have hidden their sorcery in a place called the keep, and left a trail of clues that have never been solved.

Nathaniel has grown up longing for more, but unwilling to challenge the vicars. Until his friend Thomas is taken for a teaching, the mysterious coming-of-age ritual. Thomas returns but with his dreams ripped away. When Orah is taken next, Nathaniel tries to rescue her and ends up in the prisons of Temple City. There he meets the first keeper of the ancient clues. But when he seeks the keep, what he finds is not magic at all.

If he reveals the truth, the words of the book of light might come to pass:

“If there comes among you a prophet saying ‘Let us return to the darkness,’ you shall stone him, because he has sought to thrust you away from the light.”

This reader gave it five stars!

After some of the more violent takes on what a futuristic, dystopian society might engender, it is refreshing to read a thoughtful often touching view of what we might see in some distant millenia. Mr. Litwack has crafted a deep, sensitive tale of three young people… Orah, Nathaniel and Thomas and their rebellious journey to find the mythical keep and discover its secrets. I will not spoil the mystery! The writing is exquisite and the characters are alive and full of delightful contradictions. Just the book for a summer read or sitting by a fire on a chilled winter’s eve. Do not miss it!   – Kevin Symmons

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GOLDEN REVIEW Book! “The Gauguin Connection” by Estelle Ryan

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“ The characters are well rounded, the plot interesting and the pace fast. ”
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Murdered artists. Masterful forgeries.
Art crime at its worst.

A straightforward murder investigation quickly turns into a quagmire of stolen Eurocorps weapons, a money-laundering charity, forged art and high-ranking EU officials abusing their power.

As an insurance investigator and world renowned expert in nonverbal communication, Dr Genevieve Lenard faces the daily challenge of living a successful, independent life. Particularly because she has to deal with her high functioning Autism. Nothing – not her studies, her high IQ or her astounding analytical skills – prepared her for the changes about to take place in her life.

It started as a favour to help her boss’ acerbic friend look into the murder of a young artist, but soon it proves to be far more complex. Forced out of her predictable routines, safe environment and limited social interaction, Genevieve is thrown into exploring the meaning of friendship, expanding her social definitions, and for the first time in her life be part of a team in a race to stop more artists from being murdered.

This reader would recommend it!

I am not your typical suspense reader. I tend to loose the plot early in the story and then loose interest. This did not happen with this book. The plot was by no means simple, but offered in such a clear way that I found myself hooked and lost some sleep because of that. Plus the book has enough humour to keep me entertained (I hate books with absolutely no humour) and enough romance to keep me more than entertained!Genevieve is a unique main character and is portrayed as ‘n real rounded person and not only as a freak with some special abilities. The development of her personality is drawn in a very convincing way.

The end is perfect for a next book and I am looking forward to it!

PS. Being a real romantic, Colin is definetely my favourite character. And I just loved G’s observations about the male communication patterns.  –  MA Cloete

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GOLDEN REVIEW Book! “Bayou Jesus” by M.G. Miller

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“ I read it in one day from start to finish! ” – Jo-Rita

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Frank Potter, a young, divinely-inspired black man, and Samson Boudreaux, a white man of great power and greater weakness, live in a house of haunted women. And when the possibilities of miracle surrounding Frank become all too real, a tragedy of Christ and consequence unfolds in the American Deep South during the years of the Great Depression.

This reader gave it five stars!

Since the release of the book and movie, The Help, there has been much discussion of whether or not a writer can capture the voice of a character outside of his race or gender. M.G. Miller answers that question in his book Bayou Jesus. His portrayal of Miss Zassy, Frank, Jolene and Alice — each outside of his gender and/or race — is gripping, not only in the dialect he writes, but also in the internalization of thoughts and feelings. But then, aren’t so many of our thoughts and feelings universal, regardless of gender or race?  – J. Morrill

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GOLDEN REVIEW Book! “Darker By Degree” by Keri Knutson

The best thing about this book was the characters. I love Maddie! Even after I figured out “whodunit” I still wanted to keep reading to figure out how Maddie was going to get herself out of trouble. I like books with strong women characters who don’t wait to have somebody else come save them. The dialogue was good and the action was exciting, and I felt the relationships between the characters were well-developed and believable. I can’t wait to read the next one!  –  Katie

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A missing girl. A mysterious break-in. A brutal murder. Struggling actress Maddie Pryce is looking for her big break and a way out of her day job at a crumbling movie palace from Hollywood’s heyday, but finds herself at the center of a series of seemingly unrelated crimes. Soon she’s tangled up with a persistent detective, a driven director, a playboy producer, and an unstable ingenue. Can Maddie unravel the clues before her next role is as a serial killer’s victim?

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If it wasn’t for a steady supply of criminals, actress Maddie Pryce’s razor-sharp wit might be West Hollywood’s most dangerous weapon. Whether meeting up with junkie burglars or snide corporate theater owners, sadistic murderers or snarky homicide detectives, she manages to hold her own.

The situations are intense, the descriptions vivid, the action vibrant, and the twisting plots are always driven by headstrong, curious Maddie. Detective Kyle Oberman says, “An angry Maddie is like letting loose a bouncy ball in the housewares aisle.”

As Maddie moves impulsively through everything from vandalism to serial killings, she manages to keep her instincts honed, calling to bear something her mother noticed in her, even as a young child. “My mother used to tell the story of my first swim lesson, when I walked right past the instructor and the water-wings in her outstretched arms and jumped right in to the deep end of the pool. She called it the look-before-you-leap syndrome.”

That’s Maddie . She’ll have you on the edge of your seat while she comes up with the most resourceful way to extract herself from a killer, then have no concept of how to deal with a romantic entanglement. She’ll draw beautiful pictures of Southern California, then uncover the dark underbelly of crime. You may feel at times like you’re in the great Golden Age of Hollywood until Maddie opens her mouth, then you know for sure where you are. Just one more way Maddie has of putting people in their place.

This book is equivalent to a 300 page paperback.

This reader loved it!

This book was recommend by a friend because I really enjoy serial mysteries, especially with female lead characters. The first thing that struck me about this book was that the writing was as good or better than any of the “big name” writers I regularly read, like Kathy Reichs or Patricia Cornwell, but with a much lighter touch. It was fast-paced, with believable dialogue and action and enough humor to lighten the suspense. I read the last third of the book all in one sitting. Also it was the first book I bought up for my new Kindle and it looked great on the device. I’m looking forward to the continuation of the series and have already picked up the next book!  – Dareth March

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GOLDEN REVIEW Book! “Castles on the Sand” by E.M. Tippetts

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“A fast-paced blend of high-stakes drama and average teenage concerns (sex, appearance, friends), capped with a welcome message of hope.” – Kirkus Reviews

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Madison Lukas knows her place in the world. She’s not pretty, not interesting, and therefore easy to forget. When it comes to romance, she has to take whatever is on offer. John Britton has been praying for fifteen years to find the sister he lost in his parents’ divorce. She is beautiful, talented, and makes kindness a fine art. Few, if any, guys are worthy to date her. When John and Madison cross paths, he recognizes her at once, but Madison is certain that he’s got it all wrong. Even if she is his long-lost sister, she can’t possibly be the exceptional, amazing girl he thinks she is, can she?

This reader gave it five stars!

I had read Someone Else’s Fairytale and loved the story. I bought the Kindle edition of Castles on the Sand. Read it straight through, one sitting. I loved the character development. I felt I knew these people. I didn’t want the story to end, didn’t want my time with these people to end! Will be reading more form EM Tippett!!  – Pen Name

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GOLDEN REVIEW Book! “The Death of Amelia Marsh” by MaryJo Dawson

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A homey and gutsy Sally, using everyday reasoning, questions her way through this story to a surprise conclusion. I loved it! And I liked her cohorts. I liked that these were older interesting people – I could be one of them. Nice.  – Phyllis Dalla Betta

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Sally Nimitz is a widow living in a small mid-western town with a satisfying ordinary life. She is invited to visit her neighbor one afternoon, an elderly lady with a charming English accent. When she arrives for the appointment, the lady is lying on her kitchen floor, dead from a blow to the head. Sally finds herself drawn into the puzzling crime; why would anyone want to kill Mrs. Marsh? As she looks for answers, Sally discovers a talent dormant within herself for solving such a puzzle. With the aid of two friends this budding female sleuth learns Amelia Marsh’s life was a mystery in itself, and there are secrets hidden in her past.

This reader enjoyed it!

I really enjoyed this nice, clean cozy mystery. It’s nicely edited and well formatted for Kindle.

Sally is a heroine that I can relate to, in fact she could be my neighbor, or co-worker. She is bright, intuitive, and middle aged and her reactions to the situations she ends up in are rational and believable. I liked the fact that there was more to Sally’s character than just a woman solving a mystery. She came across as a multi-faceted person, with a broad range of interests, and relationships.

Another reviewer stated that Sally reminded them of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple, and although there are similarities, I see Sally as a distinct character in her own right. Both women use logic and intuition to see how the pieces fit together to solve the crimes, but Miss Marple relies mostly on past experiences and her knowledge of human nature, while Sally relies more on logic and clues.

I look forward to reading more of Sally’s exploits.

Oh and just in case you are wondering, the end came as a surprise to me!   –  Cindy V

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GOLDEN REVIEW Book! “Theives at Heart” by Tristan J. Tarwater

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“  A great story set in a beautiful, fantastic yet very realistic world. ” – NathanP.

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Little Tavera is a half-elf child in a land of humans, an outsider dragged from bad situation to worse–until Derk whisks her away and adopts her as his own. Tavera soon finds out her new Pa is a master thief, a member of an elite group of professional scoundrels called the Cup of Cream. They make their money that way, sure, but thievery is as necessary as any other profession in the Valley of Ten Crescents; it balances society. To Derk’s–and her own–delight, Tavera grows into a natural thief and works her way toward membership in the Cup. Joining would finally give her some place where she belongs, and it would please the Pa she loves so much. But being a thief means being only one step ahead of the law. When the law finally catches up, Tavera must choose: go against her Pa’s wishes for the sake of loyalty and love; or obey him and survive.

This reader can’t wait for a sequel!

Let me preface this by saying I’m not a fan of traditional fantasy. Elves are usually not my thing, and the plots that tend to come with fantasy bore me. For whatever reason, I just can’t often get into a fantasy book.But I just finished Thieves at Heart and it was the first fantasy book that’s held my attention the whole way through. It doesn’t exactly have a plot — that is, external happenings driving the story — but it holds up very well as a story driven by the characters. Well– that’s not entirely true, because how can you end on a cliffhanger if there’s not plot? (And what a cliffhanger! I need the sequel!)

Anyway. It could use a bit more copy-editing, and there are some parts where uncommon words are repeated multiple times in a paragraph, and I have a pet peeve for the breath/breathe mistakes a lot of writers make, but it’s still otherwise a well-written novel following a little half-elf girl’s induction into a group of thieves. I enjoy the characters, the plots, Tavi’s rebellious adolescence… Yep.

So overall, I give it four stars out of five. It’s a great story to read, and you too will be wanting the sequel to be out *right now* when it’s over.  –  Caytlin Reese

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GOLDEN REVIEW Book! “The Voice of Waterfalls” by Natasha A. Salnikova

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“ I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Supernatural thrillers. ”
  – NANCI ROGERS

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Inga manages to escape from a“house of terror” where she was held as a captive along with othergirls who were kidnapped.
She is chased into the woods and runs onto the road,

almost falling under the wheels of an approaching car.
She thought, it would be
better to die that way than to return to her captors. The driver of the car, to her surprise, saves her.
He brings her to his house and introduces her to his

family: his mother, his father and his younger sister. He gives Inga a key to aseparate room and brings her food.
She appreciates his help and calls him her
knight from the road.
All she needs now is a phone to make a call to her
mother.
Her savior, Alman, says they don’t have one in the house. He’s also not
in a hurry to take her from his house in the woods to the town where she can talk to police. And Inga began to doubt the noble intentions of her savior.
After some time she starts to think this house is worse than the one she was imprisoned in before, if that was possible.

This reader gave it five stars!

Inga manages to escape from a
“house of terror” where she was held as a captive along with other
girls who were kidnapped. She is chased into the woods and runs onto the road,
almost falling under the wheels of an approaching car. She thought, it would be
better to die that way than to return to her captors. The driver of the car, to
her surprise, saves her. He brings her to his house and introduces her to his
family: his mother, his father and his younger sister. He gives Inga a key to a
separate room and brings her food. She appreciates his help and calls him her
knight from the road. All she needs now is a phone to make a call to her
mother. Her savior, Alman, says they don’t have one in the house. He’s also not
in a hurry to take her from his house in the woods to the town where she can
talk to police. And Inga began to doubt the noble intentions of her savior.
After some time she starts to think this house is worse than the one she was
imprisoned in before, if that was possible.  – NANCI ROGER

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GOLDEN REVIEW Book! “Love of Cooking: Volume I” by Maggie Brooks

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“ If you love cooking and or like to try new recipes then this is the book for you! ” – Sarah Lincoln
“An Amazing Collection of Recipes!” Sarah Lincoln “We love, Love of Cooking series,” Annalynne Thorne “What an Awesome Cookbook!,” Marg RuttanThis is the 1st Volume in the Love of Cooking series by Best Selling Author Maggie Brooks. It contains Love of Cooking: Appetizers, Salads, Side Dishes, Soups, Stews & Chili & Main Dishes. There are many old favorites as well as new recipes to try.

This reader wants to test her cooking skills!
I’m not sure which of these recipes I want to try first. Everything sounds so yummy! I love how the author highlights her favorites and I swear we must be kindred spirits or something because they are the ones I would also be drawn to. This cookbook is a very thorough collection of so many recipes. I love how the book is organized and the instructions are very clear. The recipes also seem simple enough to follow…even for someone like myself who is just starting to cook more.  – Kaye T

GOLDEN REVIEW Book! “A Thirty-Something Girl” by L.M. Stull

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“ You’ll love Hope because she’s genuine, imperfect, but hopeful. ”  – Kelly Hitchcock

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Life has been anything but kind, and everything that can go wrong has. At an age when life should be coming together, and questions should start to be answered, Hope finds herself feeling very alone and terribly confused. As her life spirals out of control, she realizes she needs help. And she needs it quickly.

With the love and support of some dear friends, Hope slowly begins to find her true self, and along the way, she meets someone. Someone who makes her feel like living to see another day might just be worth it.

But with happiness, comes pain. Pain from a past that simply won’t be forgotten. Walking a dangerously fine line between joy and utter despair, Hope wonders if happy endings really do exist. And if they do, is there one waiting for her?

One of the MANY five star reviews!

This beautifully written novel focuses on Hope, a girl who has almost lost all hope in life. Having hit rock bottom and gone through tragedy after tragedy, Hope discovers the importance of friendship and how to love again and open herself up to new directions in life.

L.M. Stull proves herself to be an amazing writer and story-teller in this gem of a novel. Heartbreaking and heartwarming, Hope’s journey becomes all of our journey and takes the reader through all the highs and lows of life. The best part of this book for me was the relationships between Hope and her friends, and the tenderness with which her new love blossoms. Stull has found her voice in this debut novel and I can’t wait to read more from her.  –   Kimberly Kinrade

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