BRAILLING FOR WILE

BRAIL
I never knew there was such a thing as “brailling”!  Now I can really beat my husband although he likes to play on line now…

Brailing for Wile was a good story about a father who commits suicide leaving his wife and 2 children to handle the family restaurant and deal with their loss.

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:

BRAILLING: Feeling the surface of a tile while your hand is in the bag in order to draw a blank or other specific letter. This is strictly forbidden. -from SCRABBLE’s Official Glossary

Brailling was something twelve-year-old Mattias Long learned to master during the games of Scrabble he used to play with his mother while they waited for his father, Wile, to close up the family restaurant. But now, one year after his father’s suicide, it’s Mattias who feels cheated. He hates his father. He hates him for leaving Mattias and his sister, Georgie, alone. He hates him for turning his mother into a young widow who hasn’t left the house in months. And he hates his father for leaving behind his stupid tree. Four of them are planted outside the restaurant, one for each family member, his father’s now casting the biggest shadow. Both literally and figuratively. That is until Mattias’s mother, no longer able to stand the sight of the tree, hires a local landscaper to remove it in the middle of the night. This seemingly unremarkable act soon sets in motion of series of events in the small Colorado ski town that leaves more than just young Mattias groping in the dark for answers.

Brailling For Wile is a unique novel told from multiple points of view about loss and the lengths some will go to heal the human heart. Ultimately, it is a story about lives being uprooted and what it takes to go on living even when everything in the world might be telling us it isn’t possible to.

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VICTIMS

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VICTIMS IS A TYPICAL ALEX DELAWARE GORY MURDER MYSTERY.  IT IS A GOOD STORY THOUGH ONCE YOU BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND HOW THE VICTIMS ARE RELATED AND WHO THE KILLER IS.  ALEX MUST DIG BACK DECADES INTO A MENTAL INSTITUTION WHERE HE ONCE INTERNED TO DISCOVER THE KILLER’S MOTIVATION.

PUBLISHER’S SYNOPSIS:

“With his latest, [Jonathan Kellerman] not only brings his ‘A’ game but also ratchets it up a notch or three. . . . Victims will keep you up at night.”–Bookreporter

Acid-tongued Vita Berlin hadn’t a friend in the world, but whom did she cross so badly as to end up meticulously arranged in such a gruesome murder scene? One look prompts LAPD detective Milo Sturgis to summon his expert in homicidal maniacs, Alex Delaware. But even Alex is stymied when more slayings occur in the same ghastly fashion–with no apparent connection among the victims. And the only clue left behind–a blank page bearing a question mark–seems to be both a menacing taunt and a chilling cry for help from a tortured, savage soul. To end the bloody spree and prevent citywide panic, Alex navigates the secretive world of mental health treatment, from the sleek office of a Beverly Hills therapist to a shuttered mental institution where he once learned his craft. As each jagged piece of the puzzle fits into place, a portrait emerges of a sinister mind at its most unimaginable–and an evil soul at its most unspeakable.

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THE JOURNEY

THE JOURNEY

I DIDN’T REALIZE THE JOURNEY WOULD BE A STORY ABOUT TIME TRAVEL OR I PROBABLY WOULDN’T HAVE READ IT!  BUT MICHELLE PRESTON IS THROWN BACK IN TIME TO HER LIFE AT UNIONVILLE HIGH.  SHE IS, HOWEVER, STILL 40 YEARS OLD AND MUST ASSUME THE IDENTITY OF SOMEONE ELSE.  AND SHE FINDS A JOB AT HER OLD HIGH SCHOOL AND FINDS THAT SHE CAN ALTER THE FUTURE EVEN OF HER YOUNGER SELF!  SHE MUST BE CAREFUL THOUGH BECAUSE SHE FINDS THAT WHEN HELPING IN ONE SITUATION IT MAY LEAD TO TROUBLE IN ANOTHER SITUATION.  SHE ENJOYS THE ABILITY TO GUIDE AND SAVE PEOPLE.  I SURELY THOUGHT SHE WOULD EVENTUALLY RETURN TO THE PRESENT DAY BUT SHE NEVER DOES AND HER FATE IS FOREVER CHANGED BY TRYING TO SAVE OTHERS IT WAS A GOOD STORY.

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

Seattle, 2010. When her entrepreneur husband dies in an accident, Michelle Preston Richardson, 48, finds herself childless and directionless. She yearns for the simpler days of her youth, before she followed her high school sweetheart down a road that led to limitless riches but little fulfillment, and jumps at a chance to reconnect with her past at a class reunion. But when Michelle returns to Unionville, Oregon, and joins three classmates on a spur-of-the-moment tour of an abandoned mansion, she gets more than she asked for. She enters a mysterious room and is thrown back to 1979.

Distraught and destitute, Michelle finds a job as a secretary at Unionville High, where she guides her spirited younger self, Shelly Preston, and childhood friends through their tumultuous senior year. Along the way, she meets widowed teacher Robert Land and finds the love and happiness she had always sought. But that happiness is threatened when history intervenes and Michelle must act quickly to save those she loves from deadly fates. Filled with humor and heartbreak, THE JOURNEY gives new meaning to friendship, courage, and commitment as it follows an unfulfilled soul through her second shot at life.

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FRIED GREEN TOMATOES AT THE WHISTLE STOP CAFE

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A QUAINT STORY ABOUT HOW EVELYN COUCH BEFRIENDS MRS. THEO THREADGOODE AT THE NURSING HOME WHERE HER HUSBAND’S MOTHER RESIDES.  SHE COMES TO LIKE LISTENING TO THE OLD WOMAN TELL STORIES FROM HER PAST ESPECIALLY ABOUT THE WHISTLE STOP CAFE AND ITS CAST OF CHARACTERS.  YOU WILL COME TO LOVE THE CHARACTERS AND WISH FOR THE SIMPLE LIFE IN SMALL TOWN WHISTLE STOP.

EXCERPTS:

Cafe Opens

The Whistle Stop Cafe opened up last week, right next
door to me at the post office, and owners Idgie
Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison said business has been
good ever since. Idgie says that for people who know
her not to worry about getting poisoned, she is not
cooking. All the cooking is being done by two colored
women, Sipsey and Onzell, and the barbecue is being
cooked by Big George, who is Onzell’s husband.

If there is anybody that has not been there yet, Idgie
says that the breakfast hours are from 5:30-7:30, and you
can get eggs, grits, biscuits, bacon, sausage, ham and
red-eye gravy, and coffee for 25 [cts.].

For lunch and supper you can have: fried chicken;
pork chops and gravy; catfish; chicken and dumplings;
or a barbecue plate; and your choice of three
vegetables, biscuits or cornbread, and your drink and
dessert–for 35 [cts.].

She said the vegetables are: creamed corn; fried green
tomatoes; fried okra; collard or turnip greens; black-eyed
peas; candied yams; butter beans or lima beans.

And pie for dessert.

My other half, Wilbur, and I ate there the other night,
and it was so good he says he might not ever eat at home
again. Ha. Ha. I wish this were true. I spend all my time
cooking for the big lug, and still can’t keep him filled
up.

By the way, Idgie says that one of her hens laid an egg
with a ten-dollar bill in it.

… Dot Weems …

ROSE TERRACE NURSING HOME

OLD MONTGOMERY HIGHWAY

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA

DECEMBER 15, 1985

Evelyn Couch had come to Rose Terrace with her husband, Ed,
who was visiting his mother, Big Momma, a recent but reluctant
arrival. Evelyn had just escaped them both and had gone into the
visitors’ lounge in the back, where she could enjoy her candy bar in
peace and quiet. But the moment she sat down, the old woman
beside her began to talk …

“Now, you ask me the year somebody got married … who they
married … or what the bride’s mother wore, and nine times out of ten
I can tell you, but for the life of me, I cain’t tell you when it was I
got to be so old. It just sorta slipped up on me. The first time I
noticed it was June of this year, when I was in the hospital for my
gallbladder, which they still have, or maybe they threw it out by
now … who knows. That heavyset nurse had just given me another
one of those Fleet enemas they’re so fond of over there when I
noticed what they had on my arm. It was a white band that said:
Mrs. Cleo Threadgoode … an eighty-six-year-old woman.
Imagine that!

“When I got back home, I told my friend Mrs. Otis, I guess the
only thing left for us to do is to sit around and get ready to croak….
She said she preferred the term pass over to the
other side. Poor thing, I didn’t have the heart to tell her that no
matter what you call it, we’re all gonna croak, just the same …

“It’s funny, when you’re a child you think time will never go by,
but when you hit about twenty, time passes like you’re on the fast
train to Memphis. I guess life just slips up on everybody. It sure
did on me. One day I was a little girl and the next I was a grown
woman, with bosoms and hair on my private parts. I missed the
whole thing. But then, I never was too smart in school or otherwise …

“Mrs. Otis and I are from Whistle Stop, a little town about ten
miles from here, out by the railroad yards…. She’s lived down the
street from me for the past thirty years or so, and…

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THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

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THIS BOOK HAD THE LONGEST WAITING LIST I’VE EVER SEEN AT THE LIBRARY (462) BUT THEY HAD 70 COPIES SO I GOT IT FAIRLY QUICKLY – MAYBE WAITED 6 WEEKS!  AND I DIDN’T REALIZE IT WAS A MURDER MYSTERY!

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN WAS A GREAT READ MAINLY ABOUT RACHEL WHO RIDES THE SAME TRAIN EVERY DAY.  THE TRAIN STOPS EACH DAY AND SHE CAN SEE IN THE HOUSES OR WATCH THE PEOPLE OUTSIDE SO SHE WEAVES STORIES ABOUT THEIR LIVES AND GIVES THEM NAMES.  TURNS OUT RACHEL IS AN ALCOHOLIC AND HER STORIES ARE THE FARTHEST FROM TRUE.  THE HAPPY STORIES ARE SIMILAR TO THE POSTS YOU SEE ON FACEBOOK.  WE POST ONLY THE BEST IN OUR LIVES BUT THERE IS REAL LIFE BEHIND ALL THOSE BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS AND POSTS.  REAL LIFE INCLUDES CHEATING HUSBANDS AND WIVES, MENTAL ILLNESS, DEPRESSION, SCREAMING BABIES, ABUSE AND YES, EVEN MURDER!  IN A DRUNKEN STUPOR RACHEL LITERALLY STUMBLES UPON THE MURDERER BUT CAN’T REMEMBER THE NIGHT AT ALL.  IT IS ONLY LATER, IN A MOMENT OF CLARITY THAT SHE REALIZES WHO THE KILLER IS.  YOU’LL LOVE THE READ AND ENJOY THE CHARACTERS AND HOPE AND PRAY THAT YOUR LIFE NEVER BECOMES SUCH AN ENTANGLED WEB!

HERE’S WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN!

Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

The Girl on the Train has more fun with unreliable narration than any chiller since Gone Girl. . . . [It] is liable to draw a large, bedazzled readership.”—The New York Times

“Like its train, the story blasts through the stagnation of these lives in suburban London and the reader cannot help but turn pages.”—The Boston Globe

Gone Girl fans will devour this psychological thriller.”—People

A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

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IT ISN’T CHEATING IF HE’S DEAD

IT ISN’T CHEATING IF HE’S DEAD WAS A GREAT STORY ABOUT JEMIMA STONE WHO IS A TRUE “JEM”.  WHILE MOURNING THE LOSS OF HER MENTALLY ILL FIANCE SHE STILL FINDS TIME TO GO OUT AND FEED THE HOMELESS EACH DAY.  BUT SHE GIVES MORE THAN FOOD, SHE IS A COMPANION AND PROVIDES SUSTENANCE, CARE AND SOMEONE TO TALK TO.  SHE PROVIDES SPECIAL CARE TO ONE YOUNG MAN WHO IS NEW TO THE PARK.  SHE FEARS HE HAS RUN FROM HIS FAMILY AND DOES NOT WANT HIM TO END UP LIKE HER FIANCE.  SHE TALKS TO JOE AND TELLS HIM HER STORY AND TRIES TO MAKE HIM SEE THAT THERE IS SOMEONE WAITING FOR HIM TO COME HOME; SOMEONE WHO IS MISSING HIM.  AS SHE WORKS TO HELP JOE RETURN HOME, SHE FINDS SOME ROMANCE ALONG THE WAY AS WELL AS MANY FRIENDS.  IT IS A TOUCHING STORY THAT YOU WILL LOVE!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

It Isn’t Cheating if He’s Dead is the BigAl’s Books and Pals 2014 Reader’s Choice Award winner for women’s fiction.

Jemima Stone waited four long years for her missing fiancé to come home, burying herself in her job and feeding the homeless. When Gerald is found dead halfway across the country, she is devastated. Detective Finn Wight promises to uncover the truth behind Gerald’s mysterious death.

Delivering sandwiches to her homeless friends, she discovers a newcomer. Though he refuses to speak, his haunted eyes tell Jemima that he is in trouble — hiding from someone or something. Jemima turns to Detective Wight in hopes of helping the man. But uncovering his true identity leads to the discovery of secrets none of them could have imagined.

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SAVING GRACIE

 

 

A BIT DIFFERENT PICTURE OF HEAVEN THAN THAT PAINTED IN HEAVEN IS FOR REAL (WHICH I THINK IS A TOTAL HOAX).  THIS WAS A FUN READ ABOUT A CONTROLLING MOTHER WHO DIES AND GOES TO HEAVEN WHERE SHE CANNOT REST BECAUSE SHE JUST KNOWS HER DAUGHTER, GRACIE,  CANNOT SURVIVE ANOTHER DAY WITHOUT HER HELP.  SHE BREAKS ALL THE HEAVENLY RULES AND GOES TO THE EARTH WEBSITE TO FIND OUT HOW GRACIE IS DOING.  SHE GOES TO THE LIBRARY AND RESEARCHES ALL THE BOOKS ABOUT GETTING MESSAGES TO THE “OTHER SIDE“.  FINALLY, SHE REQUESTS SPECIAL DISPENSATION FOR A RETURN VISIT BACK TO EARTH SO SHE CAN SAVE GRACIE AND HER REQUEST IS GRANTED.  SHE RETURNS VIA PARACHUTE (SERIOUSLY) DESPITE HER FEAR OF HEIGHTS!  ONLY SHE FINDS THAT GRACIE IS ACTUALLY DOING OK WITHOUT HER.  GRACIE VOLUNTEERS WITH DEAF STUDENTS AND WINS AN AWARD FOR HER WORK WITH ONE PARTICULARLY DIFFICULT CHILD.  GRACIE RETURNS TO SCHOOL FOR HER MASTERS DEGREE AND SHE MAINTAINS THE HOUSE AND THE KIDS WHILE HER HUSBAND IS AWAY ON A LENGTHY BUSINESS TRIP!  GRACIE’S LIFE IS ON TRACK SO HER MOTHER CAN RETURN TO HEAVEN AND REST IN PEACE! 

THE CHARACTERS ARE BRIGHT AND WITTY AND FUN AND HEAVEN IS NOT A PLACE WITH PEARLY GATES AND ANGELS.  A GREAT TALE ABOUT A DYSFUNCTIONAL MOTHER AND DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIP AND HOW A PERSON CAN SURVIVE, GROW AND THRIVE GIVEN TIMEENJOY THIS QUICK AND EASY READ!

WHAT THE PUBLISHER SAYS:

Kathryn Broussard has managed her life with dignity and an I-know-you-have-feelings-but-I’m-coming-through-anyway attitude. She exudes confidence and control over the land much as a queen rules her court. Her main focus-Grace, her daughter. Although grown, Grace depends on her mother’s razor sharp decision-making ability for everything. All is well in the land of dysfunctional mother-daughterhood until the unthinkable happens. Kathryn dies. With her mother now gone, Grace is forced to manage her own life for the first time. And Kathryn must find a way to maintain control of her daughter, even though unusual circumstances from the “Other Side” present a fair share of obstacles to overcome.

Saving Gracie is a story about a relationship, while strained in life, found a way to blossom in death.

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UNFORGETTABLE: SHORT STORIES

UNFORGETTABLE

I RECENTLY WENT THROUGH SIMILAR EVENTS IN MY LIFE AND IT BROUGHT BACK MEMORIES – NOT ALL GOOD!  IT WAS AN EASY, WORTHWHILE READ!
WHAT THE PUBLISHER SAYS:
The nine stories in UNFORGETTABLE: SHORT STORIES are about the presence of the past, the power of memory, and the enduring nature of love. They follow Miriam Batson, the protagonist of Paulette Alden’s earlier short story collection, FEEDING THE EAGLES, into middle age, as she navigates the suicide attempt of one of her college students; the death of a beloved maid from her Southern childhood; the shock and anger of a job rejection possibly due to sex discrimination; and the sudden death of her father. Five of the stories track Miriam’s efforts to stave off putting her mother in a nursing home, as her mother succumbs to Alzheimer’s. Anyone who has experienced such a situation will relate to the poignancy, guilt, and sometimes painful humor involved in caring for a failing parent.

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IRREPARABLE HARM

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Don’t mess with Sasha McCandless!  Not only is she a force in the courtroom, but her 5 ft. 100 pound body can bring down the toughest thug using Krav Maga – never heard of it before but it was developed by the Israeli Army in 1940 and is quite lethal.  Unfortunately I read Irreparable Harm following the recent plane crash by a Germanwings co-pilot into the French Alps.  While it was technology that brought the plane to crash into a mountain in Irreparable Harm, it was just too similar and raw for me.  Yet the story was about much more than the crash so it was, indeed, a good read.  I have not committed to reading any more in the series just yet but I would like to learn Krav Maga.

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:

Meet attorney Sasha McCandless in Irreparable Harm, the fast-paced, whip-smart legal thriller by USA TODAY Bestselling Author Melissa F. Miller.

After eight long years, Sasha is about to make partner at a prestigious law firm. All she has to do is keep her head down and her billable hours up.

When a plane operated by her client slams into the side of a mountain, killing everyone aboard, Sasha gears up to defend the inevitable civil lawsuits. She soon realizes the crash was no accident: a developer has created an application that can control a commercial plane’s onboard computer from a smartphone.

Sasha joins forces with a federal air marshal, and they race to prevent another airline disaster. But when people close to the matter start turning up dead, Sasha must rely on both her legal skills and her Krav Maga training to stop the madman before he kills her.

Find the entire Sasha McCandless legal thriller series on Amazon: smarturl.it/sashaseries

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