A WHALE IS NOT A FISH

A WHALE IS NOT A FISH

A WHALE IS NOT A FISH AND OTHER ANIMAL MIX-UPS IS A TRULY FUN BOOK FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES AND I LIKED IT TOO.  THERE ARE LOADS OF GREAT ILLUSTRATIONS AND EASY EXPLANATIONS OF 11 ANIMALS/INSECTS THAT ARE SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN MANY WAYS.  IS IT AN ALLIGATOR…OR A CROCODILE?  A BUTTERFLY…OR A MOTH?  A DONKEY…OR A MULE?  FIND OUT BY READING THESE GREAT STORIES!

An introduction to animals that highlights differing traits, from size and color to ways of breathing and moving.

A VIEW TO DIE FOR

A VIEW TO DIE FOR

I FELL IN LOVE WITH FRED-THE VICIOUS GOLDEN LAB GUARD DOG!  CALLED BACK BY HIS MOTHER TO HIS HOME TOWN IN MISSOURI, JACOB MARTIN DOES NOT KNOW WHAT HE IS IN FOR.  WHEN HIS SISTER RELATES THE EVENTS LEADING UP TO HER FOURTH HUSBAND’S DEATH, JACOB IS MORE THAN A BIT SKEPTICAL.  HE GOES ON AN ADVENTURE TO FIND GOLD AND FINDS EVIDENCE THAT OTHERS ARE SEARCHING THE SAME CAVE!  DEAD BODIES ARE FOUND FLOATING CLOSE TO HIS SISTER’S DOCK.  BUT EVEN JACOB DOESN’T KNOW THE REAL KILLER UNTIL THE LAST FEW PAGES.  A FUN READ!

PUBLISHER’S NOTE:

A Best Selling Cozy Mystery and One month on Amazon’s top 100 Mystery List

The story is not your typical murder mystery. The sleuth is not a detective, private eye, or lawyer. He’s an ordinary guy with an extraordinary dog.

Jacob Martin is trying to make the best of a divorce and mid-life crisis when he gets a call at two o’clock Sunday morning from his mother. His sister has been arrested for the murder of her fourth husband, and his father is near death. Thus begins an adventure that takes Jake and his golden retriever from their Colorado retreat to a backwater town in the Missouri Ozarks where they search for cold-blooded killers, a cache of gold coins buried by Jesse James, and the love of a beautiful nurse.

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TEXAS JACK

TEXAS JACK

TEXAS JACK HAS AMAZINGLY EMERGED FROM A SOMEWHAT DISFUNCTIONAL FAMILY WITH AN ALCOHOLIC FATHER TO BECOME A STELLAR FATHER OF 10-YEAR-OLD JAKE.  HE REFLECTS ON HIS IDYLIC LIFE OFTEN AND IS SO THANKFUL FOR ALL HE HAS.  THEN, ONE DAY EVERYTHING CHANGES. 

PUBLISHER’S SYNOPSIS:

Jack Leonard’s father, Billy, is an alcoholic.
Billy isn’t a bad guy.  Friends would say he’s the life of the party; his family might refer to him as harmless. After all, he isn’t a mean drunk … he’s a happy drunk.
Unfortunately, these things tend to run in the family, and it looks like Jack will inherit his birthright and join his father in the bottle.
Then Jack meets a girl, and what once seemed inevitable, never materializes.  Samantha fills the little holes in Jack’s life.  Fast-forward twenty years and his life is nearly perfect.
Except … that would be too easy.  Life doesn’t work that way … and fate has a test in store for the Leonards.
Texas Jack is a compelling story about family relationships, redemption, and finding harmony with loved ones. It’s about people at their best and worst and everything in between.  At the core is always family.
Recommended for anyone who enjoys a family drama, has been close to alcoholism, or believes in the power of love.

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THE FORGOTTEN CHILD

THE FORGOTTEN CHILD

THIS TURNED OUT TO BE MORE OF A ROMANCE THAN I BARGAINED FOR. I GUESS I SHOULD HAVE EXPECTED IT FROM THE SYNOPSIS BUT I REALLY READ THE BOOK TO LEARN MORE ABOUT AUTISM AND HOW EARLY INTERVENTION HELPS.  YOU WILL DEFINITELY HATE CRYSTAL BUT YOU WILL LOVE TREVOR AND BRAD AS EMILY SORTS THROUGH THEIR COMPLICATED RELATIONSHIPS.

PUBLISHER’S REVIEW:

Fall in love with the Friessen men and the women they love in Lorhainne Eckhart’s bestselling emotionally charged romance series beginning with THE FORGOTTEN CHILD. 

How do you tell a man there is something wrong with his child?–“This is by far one of the best books I have read. Lorhainne Eckhart proved herself yet again by pulling you in with a heartfelt story and keeping your attention with the passion that fills the pages.” ~ ROMANCE JUNKIES

“A Real Tear Jerker: Omg, I loved this book. I stayed up all night trying to finish it. I cried, My heart broke, I have an 18 year old with autism. This would make a fabulous movie.” Tammy 


–“Brilliant, there is no other word for it, heart grabbing, heart warming, gut wrenching, well written well researched, wanted to read it over & over again.” Reviewer – Maureen
“I didn’t expect I’d fall for the four main characters as hard as I did, but The Forgotten Child is an amazing book, not just for a romance fan like myself, but for single parents who may or may not have a child with autism.” Tammy

In THE FORGOTTEN CHILD, Brad Friessen wasn’t looking to love again. But what he got was a woman who shook his lonely bitter world upside down, and touched him in a way no other woman could.Emily Nelson, a courageous young mother, ends a loveless, bitter marriage and strikes out on her own. She answers an ad as a cook and live-in caregiver to a three-year-old boy on a local ranch. Ranch owner Brad Friessen hires and moves in Emily and her daughter. But Emily soon discovers something’s seriously wrong with the boy, and the reclusive, difficult man who hired her can’t see the behavior and how delayed his son is. So Emily researches until she stumbles across what she suspects are the soft signs of autism. Now she must tell him, give him hope, and help him come to terms with this neurological disorder–to take the necessary steps to get his child the help he needs.As their lives become intertwined, their attraction is unavoidable–a connection sparks between them. But just as they’re getting close, Brad’s estranged wife, Crystal, returns after abandoning the family two years earlier. Among the shock and confusion is one disturbing question Brad can’t shake: How does Crystal know so much of his personal business, the inner working of the ranch, and Emily’s relationship with his son?Crystal must’ve had a plan, as she somehow gains the upper hand, driving a wedge in the emotional bond forged between Brad, Emily, and the children. The primary focus for care and therapy of three-year-old Trevor is diverted. The lengths to which Crystal will go, the lies, the greed, just to keep what’s hers, are nothing short of cold and calculating. Emily’s forced out of the house. Brad fights to save his boy, to protect what’s his, and struggles over his greatest sacrifice–Emily, and the haunting question: Has he lost her forever?

THE OUTSIDER Series:
The Forgotten Child (Brad & Emily)
A Baby And A Wedding (An Outsider Series Short)
Fallen Hero (Andy, Jed & Diana)
The Search (An Outsider Series Short)
The Awakening (Andy & Laura)
Secrets (Jed & Diana)
Runaway(Andy & Laura)
Overdue (An Outsider Series Short)
The Unexpected Storm (Neil & Candy)
The Wedding (Neil & Candy)

Or Grab The Outsider Series: The Complete Omnibus Collection which includes all the books and short stories in this series

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FIREFLY BEACH

FIREFLY BEACH

ONLY BETH IS ABLE TO SEE THE MYSTERIOUS FIREFLY THAT LEADS HER TO A SECLUDED MAINE  BEACH AND A VERY OLD DIARY.  THE DIARY ENTRANCES BETH AND SHE DECIDES SHE MUST FIND THE GIRL WHO WROTE THE PAGES SO MANY YEARS AGO.  HER QUEST LEADS HER TO MANY DEAD ENDS BUT IT ALSO THROWS HER INTO THE LIVES OF SEVERAL OF THE TOWN’S STRANGE INHABITANTS.  THE DIARY AND HER SEARCH INSPIRE HER PAINTING AS WELL.  ENJOY THE MYSTERY AND THE FRIENDSHIPS AS THE STORY IS REVEALED!

PUBLISHER’S SYNOPSIS:

When Beth LaMonte rents a cottage on the coast of Maine, she wishes only to withdraw and paint. A mysterious ball of light disturbs her peace and leads her to a secret beach where she finds the diary of a girl who disappeared in 1975. Now Beth is on a mission, not only to bury her own past, but to put to rest the spirit of Firefly Beach.

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THE SILENT REPORTER

THE SILENT REPORTER

THE SILENT REPORTER LITERALLY STARTS OUT WITH A BANG THAT HOOKS YOU FOR THE DURATION.  I READ THE PROLOGUE AND COULDN’T PUT IT DOWN AFTER THAT.  ONCE AGAIN BIG BUSINESS IS INVOLVED IN A CONSPIRACY TO MAKE EVEN MORE MONEY FOR THE TOP EXECUTIVES.  BUT THINGS DON’T ADD UP WITH THE INVESTIGATION OF A SUICIDE AND  A CRYPTIC MESSAGE FROM THE MAN’S DIARY.   SO MUCH MORE IS UNCOVERED IN THE SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH AND JUSTICE.

PUBLISHER’S SYNOPSIS:


A reporter investigates the suicide of his professor, only to stumble upon a conspiracy that is bigger than he had imagined.

Hyder Ali, a Muslim-American, is working as a reporter for the Daily Times. Eric Freeland, his old professor and mentor, is found hanging inside his home. Freeland’s daughter, Jessica, shows up asking for Hyder’s help. She believes her father was murdered.

Detective Tom Nolan is assigned the Freeland case. He is an alcoholic who would rather sit in a bar and get drunk than work on the case.

What looks like an apparent suicide soon turns into something more sinister when Hyder, Jessica, and Nolan begin searching for the truth.

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ALICE’S ARMY

ALICE'S ARMY

CHECK OUT THIS NEW BOOK BY LOCAL AUTHOR, ALICIA RIPLEY – BORN AND RAISED IN BUFFALO, NY!

ALICE’S ARMY REMINDED ME A LITTLE BIT OF HARRY POTTER WITH FLYING DOGS, MONSTROUS DEER AND PEOPLE WITH FANTASTICAL POWERS.  I LIKED ALICE FOR HER NO NONSENSE APPROACH TO EVIL AND HER MANY STRENGTHS.  HER COMPASSION FOR ANIMALS AND HER TEAM IS AMAZING.  I THINK ALICE ACTUALLY SHARES A LOT OF THE AUTHOR’S TRAITS WHICH BRINGS ALICE TO LIFE IN A REAL WAY!  THE STORY REALLY MAKES YOU WISH THERE WERE SUCH FORCES THAT COULD BATTLE ALL THE EVIL HERE ON EARTH.  I ENJOYED THE READ AND THANK ALICIA FOR INVITING ME TO THE BOOK LAUNCH.  YOU SHOULD TRY THIS BRAND NEW BOOK!

READ THE PUBLISHER’S SYNOPSIS:

“Ten years have passed since the events of The Final Alice. While mourning the death of a team member, Alice Pleasance must come to terms with the sacrifices inherent in the job she accepted, one that does not allow vacations or weekends. A job which forces her to never age and never die, making friendships outside the team nearly impossible. Now a perfect hunter and tracker, Alice is emotionally isolated and haunted by a constant stream of nightmares involving twins, a screaming man, and a mysterious shack. When a serial killer embarks on a murder spree in Nigeria, Alice and her team prepare to eliminate the threat. They join forces with the heir of a petroleum dynasty gifted with a unique and powerful ability all his own. But before long, they realize the current murders involve an angry and vengeful old enemy.
Gritty and atmospheric, Alice’s army centers on the forces of good and evil in our modern world. It examines the powerful grip of emotional addictions as well as the psychology of fear. This middle chapter of the trilogy reflects on each team member’s beginnings and defines the concept of family as those who stand alongside us in the darkest of hours against the most terrible of threats.”

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NEVER BURIED

NEVER BURIED

THIS WAS A FUN MYSTERY.  LIVING IN AN OLD VICTORIAN HOME ISN’T ALL IT’S CRACKED UP TO BE!  FROM FINDING A 10 YEAR OLD CORPSE IN THE HAMMOCK TO ARSON, IT IS EVIDENT THAT SOMEONE DOES NOT WANT LEIGH AND CARA TO DISCOVER THE HISTORY OF THE HOUSE.  KNOWING THIS ONLY MAKES LEIGH AND CARA MORE CURIOUS TO FIND OUT WHY!

IT’S A FUN READ!

HERE’S WHAT THE PUBLISHER HAS TO SAY:

“A funny, fast-paced, clever, and unusual mystery that will have readers clamoring for more. Sheer delight.” –Carolyn Hart

“A thoroughly delightful debut. Bright, breezy, and witty. I couldn’t put it down.”–Tamar Myers

The truth about what happened in 1949 went to Paul Fischer’s grave… Too bad his body didn’t!

Advertising copywriter Leigh Koslow doesn’t pack heat–just a few extra pounds. And she doesn’t go looking for trouble. When she moved into her cousin Cara’s refurbished Victorian house, she wasn’t planning on discovering a corpse–certainly not one that had been embalmed ten years before. But as anyone in the small Pittsburgh borough of Avalon could tell her, her cousin’s house has a history attached. A history dating back to two mysterious deaths in the summer of 1949.

Someone wants Leigh and Cara out of the house–someone who has something to hide. But that someone doesn’t know Leigh’s impetuous cousin, and when Cara digs her heels in, Leigh looks to her old college chum, local policewoman Maura Polanski, for help. But the answers the trio find only point to more questions. Were the scandalous deaths of fifty years ago really an accident and a suicide? Or were they murder?

The nearer the women get to the truth, the more desperate someone becomes. Because some secrets are better off kept. Especially when they hit close to home!

Originally published in mass market paperback by NAL/Penguin, Putnam, Inc. in 1999. Large-Print Edition published by Thorndike, 2002.

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THE LITTLE FRIEND

THE LITTLE FRIEND

THE LITTLE FRIEND WAS A GOOD READ.  THERE ARE LENGTHY DESCRIPTIONS OF HARRIET, THE MAIN CHARACTER, AND HER SURROUNDINGS IN ALEXANDRIA, MISSISSIPPI.  12 YEARS AFTER HER BROTHER’S UNSOLVED MURDER, SHE AND HER BEST FRIEND, HELY, DECIDE TO FIND THE MURDERER THEMSELVES.  THIS HURLS THEM INTO ADVENTURES THEY COULD NEVER IMAGINE.  YOU WILL REALLY ENJOY THE ACTION PACKED ENDING!

PUBLISHER’S SYNOPSIS:

The second novel by Donna Tartt, bestselling author of The Goldfinch (winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize), The Little Friend is a grandly ambitious and utterly riveting novel of childhood, innocence and evil.

The setting is Alexandria, Mississippi, where one Mother’s Day a little boy named Robin Cleve Dufresnes was found hanging from a tree in his parents’ yard. Twelve years later Robin’s murder is still unsolved and his family remains devastated. So it is that Robin’s sister Harriet–unnervingly bright, insufferably determined, and unduly influenced by the fiction of Kipling and Robert Louis Stevenson–sets out to unmask his killer. Aided only by her worshipful friend Hely, Harriet crosses her town’s rigid lines of race and caste and burrows deep into her family’s history of loss. Filled with hairpin turns of plot and “a bustling, ridiculous humanity worthy of Dickens” (The New York Times Book Review), The Little Friend is a work of myriad enchantments by a writer of prodigious talent.

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WHAT SHE SAW

WHAT SHE SAW

JENNA, OR IS IT JESSICA, DOESN’T KNOW WHO SHE IS OR WHERE SHE HAS BEEN SAVE FOR AN APPOINTMENT CARD FOR A DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENT.  THIS IS WHERE SHE BEGINS TO PIECE HER LIFE BACK TOGETHER.  UNDER HYPNOSIS, MEMORIES START TO RETURN THAT ARE DARK AND DESTRUCTIVE.  SOME OF THE THINGS SHE DISCOVERS ABOUT HERSELF, SHE CANNOT BELIEVE SHE WOULD DO – AN AFFAIR WITH A MARRIED MAN?!  SHE HAS TWO DRIVERS LICENSES WITH TWO DIFFERENT NAMES AND CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHAT OTHER SINISTER THINGS SHE HAS DONE!  A GREAT READ TO DISCOVER THE TRUTH!

WHAT THE PUBLISHER HAS TO SAY:

Imagine waking to the shock of finding yourself on a train and realizing that you don’t know who you are, where you are coming from, where you are going. And with the certain knowledge that you cannot afford to reveal your plight to anyone, least of all the police.

A story of psychological suspense that follows a young woman through the terrifying labyrinth of amnesia, where no one is who or what they appear to be. Claudia Rose, Detective Joel Jovanic, and Dr. Zebediah Gold from Sheila Lowe’s

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