CHASING CHINA; A DAUGHTER’S QUEST FOR TRUTH

CHASING CHINA

MIA TRAVELS TO CHINA TO FIND HER BIRTH PARENTS.  SHE RETURNS TO THE ORPHANAGE WHERE SHE STAYED UNTIL HER ADOPTION TO AN AMERICAN FAMILY.  SHE BEGINS TO VOLUNTEER HER TIME AT THE ORPHANAGE, NOT JUST IN HOPES OF LEARNING MORE ABOUT HER BIRTH PARENTS BUT ALSO TO HELP FEED AND CARE FOR THE CHILDREN WHO OFTEN HAD MEDICAL PROBLEMS.  MIA LEARNS THAT MANY FAMILIES LEAVE THEIR CHILDREN AT THE ORPHANAGE BECAUSE THEY CANNOT AFFORD PROPER MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR THEM AND IT IS THE CHILD’S ONLY HOPE FOR SURVIVAL.  SOME CHILDREN HAVE HEART PROBLEMS THAT WILL REQUIRE SEVERAL SURGERIES.  THEY STRUGGLE AT FEEDING AND TIRE QUICKLY.  THE STAFF AT THE ORPHANAGE DO NOT HAVE THE EXTRA TIME IT TAKES TO FEED THESE BABIES SO A GROUP OF LOCAL WOMEN VOLUNTEER TO HELP THESE BABIES.  IN HER TIME SPENT AT THE ORPHANAGE MIA DOES GET SOME LEADS ON HER BIRTH PARENTS AND EMBARKS ON AN ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME!

PUBLISHER’S SYNOPSIS:

Mia is a confused soul. After being adopted as a toddler, she’s led a life of comfort surrounded by loving parents and a pack of protective brothers. Now she’s in college with only a few years until obtaining a d.  egree that will allow her to use her past to help others. Then why all of a sudden does she feel so unsettled? It all boils down to the reality that she was found wandering alone in a Chinese train station so long ago. Deciding she must face her past to embrace her future, Mia takes a journey to the mysterious land of her birth on a mission to find answers. As she follows the invisible red thread back through her motherland, she finds herself enamored by the history and culture of her heritage–strengthening her resolve to get to the truth, even as Chinese officials struggle to keep it buried. With her unwavering spirit of determination, Mia will battle the forces stacked against her and face mystery, danger, a dash of romance, and finally a conclusion that will change her life.

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TRIPPED UP LOVE

TRIPPED UP LOVE

WHILE NOT A FAN OF ROMANCES (AS YOU KNOW BY NOW), I MUST READ SOME DIFFERENT GENRES LEST I GET STUCK IN A MURDER MYSTERY RUT.  THIS WAS A NICE ROMANCE WHERE HEATHER LITERALLY TRIPS INTO A LIFE SHE NEVER EXPECTED.  A CLUTSY WOMAN WITH ALL KINDS OF BAD LUCK IS ABLE TO REBUILD HER DEVASTATED LIFE.  I LIKE THAT THERE IS MORE SUBSTANCE TO THE STORY ASIDE FROM THE HEATED SEX SCENES.  THE ENDING IS JUST TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE BUT STILL A WORTHWHILE READ!

HERE IS WHAT THE PUBLISHER HAS TO SAY:

Heather Meadows lost the only love she’s ever known. Her perfect, yet ordinary life was turned upside down the day her 38-year-old husband died. Her happily ever after was gone in the blink of an eye. Heather’s life becomes the subject of scrutiny and pity as she tries to pick up the pieces of her shattered world and raise her three children on her own. In the midst of suburbia and gossipy neighbors, Heather tries to re-build a normal life. Little does she know she’s about to trip into a new adventure. An adventure she could never have imagined. Where will her misstep take her and how will Heather handle the prying eyes of those around her?

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A VERY GOOD LIFE

A VERY GOOD LIFE

DANA IS A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS WOMAN MARRIED TO A SUCCESSFUL LAWYER WHO IS TRYING TO MAKE PARTNER IN HIS FIRM.  THEIR LIVES HAVE BEEN DRIFTING APART BUT DANA IS TRYING TO WORK ON THE SITUATION AND IN TALKS WITH HER HUSBAND, HE BEGINS TO MAKE PROMISES OF A NEW HOME AND BEGINNING A FAMILY.  WHEN DISASTER STRIKES, DANA FINDS HER INNER STRENGTH AND REALIZES SWIFT CHANGES ARE NEEDED.  SHE WILL OVERCOME THESE OBSTACLES AND LOOK TOWARD FINDING HAPPINESS.

PUBLISHER’S HIGHLIGHTS:

A Very Good Life ranked #1 for 26 hours on Amazon’s list of  Top 100 Free e-Books in Literature & Fiction…..Although A Very Good Life, takes place in 1970s New York City, the emotional story transcends any period. Dana McGarry is an “it” girl, living a privileged lifestyle of a well-heeled junior executive at B. Altman, a high end department store. With a storybook husband and a fairytale life, change comes swiftly and unexpectedly. Cracks begin to appear in the perfect facade. Challenged at work by unethical demands, and the growing awareness that her relationship with her distant husband is strained, Dana must deal with the unwanted changes in her life. Can she find her place in the new world where women can have a voice, or will she allow herself to be manipulated into doing things that go against her growing self-confidence?

A Very Good Life chronicles the perils and rewards of Dana’s journey, alongside some of the most legendary women of the twentieth century. From parties at Café des Artistes to the annual Rockefeller Center holiday tree lighting ceremony, from meetings with business icons like Estée Lauder to cocktail receptions with celebrity guests like legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland. Steward’s intimate knowledge of the period creates the perfect backdrop for this riveting story about a woman’s quest for self-fulfillment

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MURDER ON THE MIND

MURDER ON THE MIND

MURDER ON THE MIND WAS EASY TO GET INTO SINCE I’M A LIFELONG BUFFALONIAN AND SOME OF MY FRIENDS LIVED ON LEBRUN IN AMHERST.  THIS IS WHERE JEFF WENT TO LIVE WITH HIS BROTHER TO RECOUPERATE FROM A MUGGING IN NEW YORK CITY THE NIGHT BEFORE HE WAS TO START A NEW JOB AS AN INSURANCE INVESTIGATOR.  HE WAS NEAR DEATH FROM THE BEATING BUT FINDS AS HE IS RECOVERING THAT HE NOW HAS PSYCHIC ABILITIES!  VISIONS HAUNT HIM BUT ALSO HELP HIM SOLVE CRIMES.  A GOOD PLOT AND A FUN READ THAT MAKES YOU WANT TO READ MORE OF THE JEFF RESNICK MYSTERIES!

PUBLISHER’S SYNOPSIS:

Jeff Resnick hardly knew his well-heeled half-brother. But after suffering a fractured skull in a vicious mugging, he reluctantly accepts the fact that he has a long and brutal recovery to face—and his closest of kin can provide him with the time and place to do it.

Now, Jeff is haunted by unexplained visions of a heinous crime—a banker, stalked, killed, and eviscerated like a ten-point buck. When Matt Sumner’s murder is discovered, a still-recovering Jeff realizes this was what he had seen. Jeff must not only convince himself of his new-found psychic ability, but also his skeptical brother Richard Alpert. Since Sumner was Richard’s banker, both brothers have a stake in finding out what happened. With Richard’s reluctant help, Jeff’s investigation leads him to Sumner’s belligerent family and hard-nosed business associates, none of whom want him snooping around.

When Jeff discovers a second victim, he knows he must relentlessly chase his quarry even if it means risking his brother’s life.

“This fine paranormal amateur sleuth will send readers shuffling off to Buffalo to accompany Jeff on his investigation.”
–Midwest Book Review

 

The Jeff Resnick Mysteries:
Murder On The Mind
Dead In Red
Cheated By Death
Bound By Suggestion

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ONE LAST GREAT WICKEDNESS

ONE LAST GREAT WICKEDNESS

ONE LAST GREAT WICKEDNESS IS FULL OF WICKEDNESS THAT IS SO DARK, MEMORIES ARE CAST INTO THE FARTHEST DEPTHS OF THE MIND.  IT TAKES FOUR DECADES TO UNCOVER ALL THE SECRETS SO WELL HIDDEN BY PETER FARRINGTON.  THE TRUTHS HE DISCOVERS ARE TOO UNBEARABLE TO IMAGINE.  THIS NOVEL STARTED OUT RATHER SLOWLY WITH A LOT OF DISCUSSION OF HOMOSEXUALITY IN WORLD WAR 1 TIMES BUT PETER’S SEARCH THROUGH HIS FAMILY’S PAST BUILDS MOMENTUM FOR QUITE A GRAND FINALE!

PUBLISHER’S SYNOPSIS:

A middle-aged Englishman, whose father committed suicide when the man was thirteen years old, comes across some letters his father had sent from the trenches of World War One. Certain words and phrases in these letters reveal a side of his father he had never suspected when he was growing up. This sends him on a quest to find out more about his father’s life.

As he digs deeper and deeper into his family’s past, he uncovers a world he realizes he had never understood, could never even have imagined. Just beneath the surface of the apparently quiet, civilized, well-bred world of the family he had known as a child, there was a completely different reality, a parallel universe of suppressed loves and hates, sexual deviations and appallingly violent actions, involving not only his parents and grandparents and the rest of his family, but also himself.

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LETTERS OF A WOMAN HOMESTEADER

LETTERS OF A WOMAN HOMESTEADER

HAVING A VERY HARD TIME GETTING INTO THIS BOOK.  OVERALL I DID NOT LIKE IT, HOWEVER, IF I WERE LIVING BACK IN THE EARLY 1900’S I PROBABLY WOULD HAVE BEEN A HOMESTEADER.  RIGHT NOW I ENJOY HAVING MY OWN GARDEN AND CARING FOR TWO PROPERTIES – NO I DON’T HAVE ANIMALS (YET) BUT MY NEIGHBORS DO – SHEEP, COWS AND CHICKENS – AND SOMETIMES THEY BLOCK THE ROAD ON MY WAY TO A HARRIED WORK LIFE.  I THINK I WOULD LIKE A MUCH “SIMPLER” LIFE – BUT WAS IT REALLY?!

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

George provides biographical insight into the author of the 1914 pioneer classic Letters of a Woman Homesteader , giving a detailed presentation of Stewart’s previously uncollected letters. Photos.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up–After deciding that city life as a laundress wasn’t for her, Elinore Pruitt, a young widowed mother, accepted an offer to assist with a ranch in Wyoming, work that she found exceedingly more rewarding. In this delightful collection of letters, she describes these experiences to her former employer, Mrs. Coney. Pruitt’s charming descriptions of work, travels, neighbors, animals, land and sky have an authentic feel. The West comes alive, and everyday life becomes captivating. Her writing is clear, witty, and entertaining. The 26 letters are brief and tell about her life on the ranch in the early 1900s. The author frequently and unnecessarily apologizes for being too wordy; she begs forgiveness for many “faults,” like being forgetful, ungrateful, inconsistent and indifferent, all without apparent cause. On occasion, language reflects the racial prejudice of the time. Many times, Pruitt attempts to portray the culturally diverse characters she meets by writing their various dialects as they sound. Kate Fleming’s narration is as smooth as the writing, perfectly transitioning from one accent to the next. She reads with a calm, down-to-earth tone, which suits the writing well.–Kariana Cullen Gonzales, Lincoln Consolidated High School, Ypsilanti, MI
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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COME MONDAY

COME MONDAY

COME MONDAY IS A GOOD STORY ABOUT THE FALL OF JAKE SULLIVAN AND HOW HE REBUILDS HIS LIFE AND REDEEMS HIMSELF.  GREAT FIRST BOOK OF A SERIES – IT DOES MAKE YOU WANT TO READ MORE.

WHAT THE PUBLISHER SAYS:

Trouble in Margaritaville
Jake Sullivan had everything—his dream job as the chief prosecuting attorney in the Miami Office of the Justice Department, a loving family, and good friends. Many would describe him as a bulldog of a man with a strong moral streak. No one would have predicted what was actually to come.
When Jake Sullivan takes on a high profile case, he naturally anticipates both a moral and a professional victory. But when his drinking and obsession with the horrific nature of the crimes involved cloud his judgement, the case is thrown out of court and a cold-blooded killer goes free.
Shattered and mired in self-pity, Jake withdraws from his family and takes off for Key West where he builds a small practice fighting marine insurance companies. One night, still haunted by his failures, Jake stumbles upon a covert meeting between Attorney General Benjamin Matthews, the man who fired him, and the serial killer he let go free.
What follows is Jake’s fight for redemption and his life as he unravels a Machiavellian plot that leads from Key West to the White House.
This is the first book in the Jake Sullivan Series. Also by Chip Bell: “Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season” and “Havana Daydreamin'”

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SEARCHING FOR GLORY

SEARCHING FOR GLORY

RECENTLY I DID A POST THAT I WAS NOT A FAN OF ROMANCES BUT THIS ONE WAS GOOD.  I ENJOYED THE STORY AND THE IMPORTANCE OF FAMILY.  THERE WAS A LOT MORE TO THIS THAN CHISELED BODIES AND SWEATY SEX!  ENJOY!

WHAT THE PUBLISHER HAS TO SAY:

Gloria Star is rich and famous. She’s on a hit television show and engaged to one of the most desired men in Hollywood. Her life is perfect. But then she gets a letter in the mail that changes everything. The past she has been trying to forget for so long has finally come back to haunt her.

Gloria Star hasn’t always been an A-list celebrity. She used to be just a regular Midwestern girl named Glory Stark. Now she is forced to reconcile her two lives because Johnny Carter, the only man she ever loved, has asked her to return to her hometown, and she can’t say no. Ten years ago, one night changed everything for Gloria and Johnny. Not only did Gloria lose Johnny, but she also lost herself.

Now she’s headed back to her home town in Missouri, to reconnect with her sister and make amends with Johnny. She quickly realizes that returning to Glory Stark’s life isn’t going to be easy. As she faces painful truths about her past and an uncertain future, Gloria learns that forgiveness is essential, family is everything and love is forever.

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BENNINGTON P.I. TAKE TWO AND CALL ME IN THE MORGUE

BENNINGTON P.I. TAKE TWO AND CALL ME IN THE MORGUE

 

FRANK BENNINGTON IS A GOOD GUY WHO IS WORKING AGAINST THE CLOCK TO SAVE A FRIEND AND MILLIONS OF OTHERS SICK AND DYING FROM CANCER.  I HAVE HEARD RUMORS THAT THE GOVERNMENT AND DRUG COMPANIES ARE KEEPING PROMISING TREATMENTS FROM REACHING THE PUBLIC BECAUSE THEY SIMPLY MAKE MORE MONEY FROM KEEPING PEOPLE ILL.  THIS NOVEL REALLY MAKES YOU THINK HOW MUCH TRUTH IS IN THESE “RUMORS”.  I ENJOYED MEETING  FRANK BENNINGTON AND REALLY LIKED THE STORY.  UNLIKE MANY BOOKS WHERE THE PROTAGONIST WINS ON ALL COUNTS, FRANK INCURS A BUNCH OF LOSSES ALONG THE WAYMAKES YOU LIKE HIM MORE!  RECOMMENDED READ!

PUBLISHER’S SYNOPSIS:

“A CURE THAT KILLS”

Former D.C. politico turned private investigator Frank Bennington is back, and this time finds himself in a race to save the life of a friend. It is a case that opens doors some feel are better left closed, particularly those representing the interests of corporations and their government cohorts earning billions of dollars off of the sick and dying.

This is the second installment of the Bennington P.I. series, and will leave readers guessing as to what is truth, and what is fiction – the hallmark of all of D.W. Ulsterman’s many best-selling novels.

“DW Ulsterman has a hit on his hands in Bennington PI” -MARLOWE

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TOURIST TRAP

 

 

The THIRD book in Edgar-winner Julie Smith’s Rebecca Schwartz series.

Warmth, wit and local color in a fast-moving story … Smith’s best work so far.” -Kirkus

 

TOUIST TRAP

I READ THIS BOOK TWICE THINKING I MUST HAVE MISSED SOMETHING.  IT WAS GOOD AND THE REAL KILLER WILL SURPRISE YOU – I JUST DIDN’T FIND IT AS HUMOROUS AND THE REVIEWS SUGGESTED.

PUBLISHER’S REVIEW:

So what’s a nice Jewish girl doing at an Easter sunrise service?

Lawyer Rebecca Schwartz would pick the one with the body nailed to the landmark cross! Coincidence? Not so much. She’s there because her boy friend’s covering the service for the San Francisco Chronicle. The body’s there because someone’s making a statement he doesn’t want the press to miss.

Next: mass shellfish poisoning at Pier 39. A very different kind of serial killer is operating here—one who seems to have a grudge against the whole city.

And this is a very different kind of serial killer tale—a funny one. (If your don’t count the murders, or course.) Rebecca’s warm and witty, never takes herself too seriously, and on one occasion offers closing testimony with green hair. A highly embarrassing moment, but the bright chartreuse is all in the service of making her case.

No way does she believe her client would nail somebody—especially to a cross. And the things she has to do to prove it are hilarious and often unorthodox, yet always professional. Sometimes hyper-professional–the average lawyer simply can’t be bothered spraying herself with Thunderbird to fit in with her witnesses!

A wild ride through Baghdad by the Bay…and a great courtroom drama.

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