That Speacial Someone by Jane Bierce

Story: 7
Presentation: 8
Total: 15
Publisher: Awe-Struck
Contemporary Sweet Holiday

Blurb: Tired of being the sales rep for his father's firm, Edward finds the home office just as hazardous. Lumbered with finding a replacement for the firm's CFO, Edward suspects the best man for the job is a woman.Toni Rovere can be easily overlooked—until Edward finds that he could learn a thing or two about business from her.

Review: Now here is a sweet story that is just as the genre describes.....sweet. Sometimes it takes a bit to realize that what you need is right under your nose, no matter if you are a business owner or a person looking for your other half.


I have to say that I did enjoy watching these two try to deal with the emotions they were feeling while trying to maintain a good working relationship and follow the rules. Complete with good secondary characters and a nice plot, this is one that should be read and enjoyed when you are looking for an easy read that will leave you with a good feeling in your chest at the end.

Beyond the Homestretch by Lynn Reardon

Story: 10
Presentation: 10
Total: 20
Equine Non-Fiction


Blurb: Reardon shares an unlikely story. In 2002, she quit her Washington DC–area office job and moved to Texas to open the racehorse placement program LOPE (LoneStar Outreach to Place Ex-Racers). Though now the director of this high-profile organization that has helped transition more than 725 ex-racehorses into new homes, Reardon didn’t learn to ride until she was an adult.At the LOPE adoption ranch, Reardon encountered dozens of unruly racehorses, all with special needs, unusual histories and vivid personalities. As she fumbled to help them make the shift to new careers, they returned the favor — by becoming her most memorable mentors in horsemanship and life philosophy.

The horses themselves are a central focus of the book, with their fascinating racing careers, spirited natures and gripping veterinary needs. Reardon’s own story, that of a stressed-out office worker turned capable ranch hand, is told through her experiences with the horses.

Review: What little girl doesn't lay in her bed at night clutching her faithful stuffed pony to her chest whispering prayers to be blessed with horses? Pounding hooves and flowing manes. The brush of a velvet muzzle across her cheek. The soft puff of warm breath lovingly huffed into her hair. The intoxicating aroma of fresh hay and horse. Yeah, yeah, can you tell I'm a horse girl :)

When I found out Ms Reardon was writing a book about her ranch and the horses she has helped I was THRILLED!!! Who wouldn't be? Whether you are an owner, an equine professional or just a little horse crazy, this tantalizing tale gives a spectacular glimpse into the life of a race horse.I laughed, cried, gasped and laughed a bit more. In the end when I breathlessly finished the book I was smiling and speechless. All I could do was close the hardback and run my fingers over the dust jacket.

Ms Reardon has captured the magic, and there truly is a magic about horses. She has shown us a clear picture that all we need do to see it is open our hearts and minds.Second chances are hard enough to come by, but when you are granted one sometimes the road you have to take can be painful, scary, filled with new friends and at the end of the yellow brick road hopefully love and a forever home :) *SNAPS* Lynn on such a fantastic job. Both on the book and the wonderful work that you do at the ranch. I don't know that I want to envision a world without a place like LOPE. Every deserves to be granted the ability to have a happy life :)

**Along with this review please drop by our interview site on Dec 13th thru the 19th to read an interview from Lynn Reardon and be sure to leave comments on the review and interview. We will be giving a copy of this book to one lucky poster**

Love Lilies & The Unbroken Straw by Teri Wilson

Story: 9
Presentation: 9
Total: 18
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Sweet Lite Paranormal
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Blurb: Christabel Wilde’s life has just turned upside-down. With little more than the clothes on her back and her newly rescued Chihuahua tucked under her arm, she makes a pledge to start over and applies for a job as a groom at a horse rescue farm. Nevermind that she’s never been up close to a horse before, she has a bigger secret to hide. A mysterious gift her new neighbor, Dr. Declan Armstrong, is determined to uncover. When the irresistible veterinarian volunteers to give her riding lessons, Christabel knows it could be the end of her secret. With the Easter holiday approaching, she tries to remember that sometimes what looks like the end is really a new beginning.

Review: What a truly wonderful, heartwarming tale about miracles, love and second chances....for people and animals alike :)As a second in a series this story was a great follow up to the first. Can be read as a stand alone or as intended by the author, a sequel. Great plot, bright imagination, characters that just reach out and touch your heart and a mix of animals that will make you smile.Any animal lover, horse nut or romance lover will find this tale a delight. Ms Wilson has done it again to be sure. Don't miss this heartwarming tale!

A Cinderella Christmas by Stacy Dawn

Story: 9
Presentation: 9
Total: 18
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Contemporary Sweet Holiday


Blurb: Her mother’s ridiculous idea to gift her with 'a man' for Christmas is driving Angie Bellini insane! Every bachelor and his brother in Noelle are asking her to save them a dance at the upcoming wedding of Santa Claus Holloran’s daughter. What’s a girl to do to keep her sanity and thwart a scheming mother? Date the one man in town her mother despises, of course.Wes O’Connor doesn’t like the plan Angie has coerced him into for two reasons: 1) He’s still paying for the last time those big brown eyes made him do something stupid and 2) He doesn’t want to 'pretend' to date the beautiful baker, he wants the fairytale to turn into a real happily-ever-after.Their ending may not be so happy, though, when they discover they aren't the only players in their little game of make-believe.


Review: A perfectly delightful Christmas story of small town life, meddling moms, a sexy single man and......a cow drawn sleigh? What a riot! the town of Noelle was full of surprises, smiles and a twist or two.

This sweet Holiday title is sure to put you in the Christmas spirit and leave you with warm fuzzies in the end. I couldn't stop smiling for the rest of the day after finishing this one. Intimate and endearing, all the characters were well thought out and quirky :) The plot was solid and the writing wonderful.

Start the season off with a heartwarming Holiday read. You won't be sorry :)

Cup of Joe by Teri Wilson


Story: 9
Presentation: 9
Total: 18
Publisher: White Rose Publishing
Contemporary Inspirational




Blurb: Goldie thinks she's prepared for the death of her doting Grandpa who's raised her since childhood. But after his passing, she finds herself curled up on the sofa watching television, feet clad in fuzzy slippers. She knows God has a new plan for her life, but she's simply too tired to figure out what it is. To make matters worse, sweet, shy coffee shop owner, Joe Montgomery, keeps showing up on her doorstep with morning coffee. When she tells him emphatically that she doesn't like coffee—never has and never will—he shows up with a dog instead! As she takes steps to start a new life, with her new puppy scampering playfully at her side, Goldie begins to realize a cup of Joe just might be what she's needed all along.


Review: What a great feel good love story! Ms Wilson does such a great job creating her stories, her characters always have wonderful depth, the animals are super nifty and the Lord is always there :) lending a helping hand, guiding those who seek him and showing those who ask the wonder of His way.


This heartwarming inspirational is filled with laughs, love and friendships that really open your eyes and take you to new heights. The death of a loved one is a challenge and can be devastating, this tender tale takes us for a ride along one couples discovery that sometimes death opens more doors than it closes.

It is easy to see why this story won a prize in the SARA Merritt contest this year! *SNAPS* Ms Wilson on such an endearing, truly inspiring love story :)

Next Door Santa by Tamelia Tumlin

Story: 8
Presentation: 9
Total: 17
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Sweet Holiday


Blurb: Holly Winters doesn't do Christmas. Not anymore anyway. Unfortunately, her new neighbor, Lake Carrington, does-with enough Christmas cheer to rival Santa himself. But, Holly soon discovers that behind the twinkling lights, the heartwarming displays, and the sexy man himself lies a pain so deep that it might-just might-melt her own hardened heart. Will Lake turn Mrs. Scrooge into Mrs. Clause afterall?


Review: A wonderfully sweet Holiday tale that really hits home and opens your eyes that sometimes there is more going on that what you think. Never trust first impressions. Lake has his own troubles that put Holly's to shame but I love the way he handles them.It really brought the story to life and gave me hope for the upcoming season of cheer.No matter how bad you have it, just remember somewhere out there are folks who have it worse and don't let it drag them down.

A wonderful tale that is going to put a smile on your face and warm your heart!

Snow Kissed by Cindy K Green

Story: 9
Presentation: 9
Total: 18
Publisher: White Rose Publishing
Contemporary
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Blurb: Today is one of those days Logan Reilly wished he'd stayed in bed. Not only does he have to deal with the annoying Winter Wonderland Carnival but his close friend, that whimsical lover of snow, Holly Armstrong, is leaving town forever. The question is, why didn't she tell him and why today, of all days, does he realize she might be more than a friend?
Holly can no longer stay in town knowing the man she loves only sees her as a friend. It's time to move on. Besides, she has other career prospects.
As the carnival unfolds, watch God work in amazing ways. Can He change Holly's mind and make her stay? Can He help Logan see beyond the friendship?
Only time can tell.

Review: This is the operfect example of a story that is better the second time around. If you are a follower of my reviews, you know what a sucker I am for a "friends to lovers" story and this one is a great one :) A super sweet tale of a gruff mechanic and the woman he doesn't want to live without.

An emotion pulling tale that gives a feel good sensation that will be renewed everytime you think about the story after you are done with it.

*SNAPS* Ms Green on a tale that just keeps me coming back again and again and again :)

Keeper of My Heart by Therese M. Travis

Story: 8
Presentation: 9
Total: 17
Publisher: White Rose Publishing
Vintage Historical Inspirational
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Blurb: A bitter heiress refuses to trust man or God...until a faithful veterinarian challenges her beliefs. Determined to keep her heart safe from betrayal, Rebecca denies both God and the man who calls to her, certain his love can never be true enough to bring her back to her faith and a future with him. Adam is equally entranced, but Rebecca's denial of faith proves a deterrent to pursuing a relationship with her. But now that Rebecca has taken a job in Adam's animal clinic, an attraction that neither one believes can work begins to grow.

Review: A captivating read with characters that really come to life. A time or two I wanted to reach into the book and shake Rebecca for her lack of faith and her blame towards God for the man who broke her heart. I wanted to sit her down and tell her It's not His fault that guy was a jerk! But I also realize there are times when people blame the Lord for things they shouldn't.

Enter Adam. a sweet interesting vet who is trying to find a place to call home and start a new practice. He was such a sweety that I had tears in my eyes more than once.

A well writen story that deserves *SNAPS* Here's to Ms Travis on a job well done :)

Wrapped in Your Arms by Jude Stephens

Story: 7
Presentation: 5
Total: 12
Publisher: Hearts on Fire Press
Holiday Sweet Contemporary
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Blurb: Michele Moretti is trying to avoid Christmas with her family. Since her divorce, holidays with her happily married siblings have been painful.. This Christmas she decides to forgo the awkward family holiday scene and hit the beach. Michele believes that it’s time to put her past behind her and open herself up to new relationships.Kyle Hyde is restless. He gave up a successful career on Wall Street to run a hotel on St. Martins. After turning the hotel in a thriving business he feels the beginnings of his constant craving for change.Will they end up wrapped in each other's arms or will a wedding band tear them apart?

Review: *Sigh* The plot and story line for this little tale was wonderfully promising. I felt the editing fell sadly short in polishing this tale to what it could have been. Though the story had a very novice feel I think with some time this author will be one to watch for!

I found myself wishing the story would have been longer so I could have seen more of the hilarious things these two went through during her stay. I have to admit that the first scene had me laughing so hard I though I was going to pee in my pants :)

Ms Stephens, I will be keeping my eyes peeled for your name as I have high hopes for your next tale :)

Online Angel by Kelly Abell

Story: 8
Presentation: 8
Total: 16
Publisher: Hearts on Fire Press
Holiday Sweet Contemporary
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Blurb: An innocent trip to an online store to buy her three year old son a Christmas gift turns into a living nightmare for Cheryl Rubio. Mark, her poker obsessed husband has just cleaned out their entire savings account for a high stakes poker tournament three weeks before Christmas. On top of that he’s decided to leave her and the son he never wanted because Cheryl “doesn’t get him”.
Devastated, scared and confused Cheryl must find a way to keep her struggling law practice alive and provide some kind of Christmas for Robbie. Thoughts of past mistakes haunt her and she begins to think about her first love Kevin Lawson, a man she dumped because she didn’t feel he was ambitious enough to fit into her life plan.
Kevin is just coming out of a recent divorce to a woman who could never measure up to Cheryl. He never should have married her in the first place. One day out of curiosity Kevin searches for Cheryl on ConnectPing.com a social networking site. When he finds her neither one of them can believe the coincidence of the timing of their reconnection, or that for the last four years they have lived within 30 minutes of each other in Atlanta, Georgia.
Can Kevin and Cheryl put past hurts behind them and reconnect to have the love they should have had all along? Will Cheryl, whose been praying for a Christmas miracle, find herself an Online Angel?

Review: This was a pleasantly pleasing holiday tale designed to give hope not only to those who think their life is in the potty, but to give hope to past relationships and the what if's. Sometimes all you need is a friend and the dark of night just doesn't seem quite so dismal.

A definite feel good story for the upcoming holiday season that should be a good read for everyone. No matter your walk in life. Take a peek at this little story and let your feelings flow. I promise a smile and warm fuzzies :)

Marrying The Invisible Man by Rachel Michaels

Story: 8
Presentation: 9
Total: 17
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Contemporary Sweet
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Blurb: Katie Bartlett’s mother is driving her crazy, and she'll do whatever it takes to get her wedding-obsessed mother off her back. Thanks to a joking comment from her best friend, David, Katie decides she to have a fake wedding, to a fake groom--the Invisible Man.David Williams has been Katie’s best friend since kindergarten. He knows Katie doesn’t see him as anything more, but the further she gets into planning her wedding to another man—albeit a fictional one—the worse he feels.With the wedding underway will Katie finally realize the Invisible Man is David?

Review: I am a sucker for friends to lovers stories :) Who isn't? What better way to begin a relationship than with a solid base. The ones that really get me are the ones like this. Friends for years and then suddenly something changes. A different light is cast and one sees something in the other that has always been there.Wonderfully written characters and vivid imagery with a funny plot and a mom who just can't seen to stay out of her daughters business :)A totally sweet, feel good story about what lengths people will go to for the ones they love. I tip my hat to Ms Michaels on a job well done :)

Child of My Heart by Merry Stahel

Story: 9
Presentation: 9
Total: 18
Publisher: White Rose Publishing
Contemporary Inspirational
Blurb: Hannah didn’t expect to be raising her mother’s surrogate child. But Baby Seth’s parents also died, and he has no one else...Until Uncle Aaron shows up, demanding that Hannah give up her half-brother to his family, since genetically, Seth is their son.
Can the love of one tiny baby unite two families?
Review: LOVED IT!!! This is one of those little numbers that you read and when you get to the end you just want to start all over again. Without a doubt this is one of the best books I have read in awhile.
Though I felt I was reading a Sweet contemporary and not really an inspirational, I fell in love with the characters, the plot, the smart quirky way Hannah puts Aaron in his place when he comes to talk about baby Seth, and the resolution left me feeling good all over. A total winner ;)

A Love for Eternity by L. M. Gonzalez

Story: 8
Presentation: 8
Total: 16
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Recent Historical


Blurb: At eighteen, Christina Ramos meets the love of her life, yet she allows her mother to talk her into marrying someone else. Widowed fifty years later, Christina finds herself transported back to 1955 to that magical day she first meets Joe Morado.Second chances don’t happen very often, and this time she vows to stay with the man of her dreams forever. No matter what.…Because a love that transcends time is A Love for Eternity


Review: Haven't we all wondered about the what ifs in our pasts at some point of another? This wonderful, sweet little tale is a glimmer of what could happen if the what ifs were allowed to happen.
Very cute and heart warming, this tale is a definite read for those who enjoy a sweet read with heartwarming characters and a good romance. Ms Gonzalez has done a great job and I can't wait to read more of her work.

Trust Your Heart by Christine Columbus

Story: 9
Presentation: 9
Total: 18
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Sweet Contemporary


Blurb: Michelle, a divorced mother of two preschool children living in a Minneapolis suburb, maintains her subscription to her hometown newspaper. So when she bumps into childhood friend David, she already knew he was successful and a bachelor, but what the paper forgot to mention was how he had matured into a handsome man.Memories of their past resurface, and once more, she envisions playing house with him. Although this time it's the adult-rated version, where he's selling software that threatens her job, her co-workers refuse to play nice, her ex-husband is acting just plain weird and the hometown paper is in an uproar over who is sending her flowers and who she should date. Michelle doesn’t know whom to believe until she steps back and looks deep within and trusts her heart.


Review: WOW!!!! I am not sure if I have ever wanted to slap so many secondary characters in my life! Ms Columbus, you have done such a fabulous job creating the emotions for this story that I wanted to jump into the pages and wring the necks of a couple of the nasty people who were total jerks to Michelle.Both main characters were so wonderful. Emotion ran rampant and more than once I experienced the emotion right along with them. When I read a story that can do that, I am at a loss for words. The beginning, middle and end left me a very satisfied reader. *Snaps* for a job well done and a toast for more to come from this talented author :)

Flying Free by Amber Polo

Story: 8
Presentation: 8
Total: 16
Publisher: Treble Heart Books
Contemporary


Blurb: Lia thinks she’s going to get her pilot’s license, sell her father’s Arizona airpark house, go back to helping beef producers sell meat, and probably find a guy just like the cheating husband who bankrupted her.Seth thinks he’s come to Arizona to build a spiritual center, escape the community and wife that betrayed him, and create a new beginning much like the contemplative, vegetarian life he left.While Lia tries to hide and Seth tries to fit in, their attraction, with a little help from their wacky senior citizen neighbors, pulls them together. All they have to do is conquer the fear of flying and their fear of love.


Review: Have you ever read a book that entertained and opened your eyes to new and interesting facts? If not then I suggest you take a look at this one. A nifty, sweet story filled with planes, airpark life and a super sexy vegan Budhist that anyone would find hard to resist. A heart warming tale about discovering what is really important in life.....sometimes a little later than you had hoped, but finding it just the same. Creative, quirky characters really set this story alive and give it a spark.Good work Ms. Polo a true enjoyment :)

That Magic Moment by Maureen L. Bonatch

Story: 9
Presentation: 9
Total: 18
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Sweet Paranormal Halloween Themed
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Blurb: Can love cross the boundaries mortals have erected to reject all that cannot be explained?
As the last witch in the Turner line, Celeste doesn’t know if she’s finally found true love or if her grandma cast a love spell to continue the Turner line. Dane Johns is a man not easily forgotten, but that’s exactly what Celeste plans to do. Because he has one big flaw. He’s a mortal.
Dane Johns doesn’t know it but he’s under a spell, and Celeste Turner is the cure. Mysteriously healing his injury while captivating his heart, Dane is enchanted. Although once he discovers Celeste’s secret he must decide if he’s charmed enough to not only accept love into his life, but the world of magic.

Review: Holy Hexes and Halloween Hubbub! What a nifty little morsel, just enough to get you in gear for the upcoming festivities. With wonderfully written characters, a grandmother who can't seem to stop "helping out" and a witch who wants nothing more than her own happily ever after :)

A spellbinding treat, non-fattening of course, designed to make your heart flutter and leave you satisfied and full of warm fuzzies :)

Stars in Her Eyes by Beverly Breton

Story: 6
Presentation: 6
Total: 12
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Sweet Contemporary


Blurb: If Dream Man never comes knocking, at least she’ll own the door. That’s 28-year-old paralegal Karen’s new plan, anyhow, to buy her own home, and the reason she’s been working every weekend-- until she bends to her best friend’s pressure to spend a Saturday at the wave pool. Determined not to be derailed by another dead-end relationship, she avoids looking at the cute curly-haired guy—his friends call him Spence-- carousing out in the waves. But the tide turns as she’s caught unaware, a wave pool virgin on her first time in, and swept into a head-on collision with one of his friends. When she manages to stand and open her eyes, the world has disappeared. She sees only Spence surrounded by dancing stars. Has she been knocked silly, or is he gazing right back at her?


Review: Well...what can I say? When I got this one I was very hopeful as the blurb sounds very tempting and sweet. Once I got started reading however, I found a few things that I had issues with.

There was a plethora of sentences that I had to re-read several times before they made sense to me. There was reference to one of the men, Mr Hollywood, who was in the wave pool, as a walrus. Now to me when I think of a walrus I think of large body, street sweeper mustache and a bit on the gruff side. Not very attractive ;) There were also some misturned quotes.

The flowery use of some of the writing "As if magic water wings had sprouted on her, ones that worked on land, she floated in wonder of him and her together." made the story a bit jarring for me to read.

Pumpkinnapper by Linda Banche

Story: 7.5
Presentation: 9
Total: 16.5
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Historical Romance Halloween Themed
Rating: Sensual
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Blurb: Pumpkin thieves, a youthful love rekindled, and a jealous goose. Oh my!
Last night someone tried to steal the widowed Mrs. Emily Metcalfe's pumpkins. She's certain the culprit is her old childhood nemesis and the secret love of her youth, whom she hasn't seen in ten years.
Henry, Baron Grey has never forgotten the girl he loved, but couldn’t pursue, and so decides to catch Emily's would-be thief. Even after she reveals his childhood nickname--the one he would rather forget. And even after her jealous pet goose bites him in an embarrassing place.
Oh, the things a man will do for love.

Review: Goose me again! Too cute!!! I laughed so hard I thought I was going to embarrass myself in my living room :) What a cute little story. With a Sensual Rating it made for a great light hearted read.

The only issue I had was with the hero. He seemed to fluctuate between propriety and VERY flirtatious in the same breath. I found it a bit out of character for him to switch gears so fast but all in all still made for a good hero and a fantastic read.

Do You Hear What I Hear by Teri Wilson

Story:8
Presentation:8
Total Score 16
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
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Sweet full length novel

BLURB: As a child, Simone Littleton adores the European folktale that animals are given the gift of speech at midnight on Christmas Eve. She makes a wish to talk to animals "forever and ever" and, when her pet Dalmatian asks her for a biscuit, she discovers her wish has been granted. Now Simone is all grown up and she uses her unique gift to rehabilitate unwanted horses. When racehorse trainer Chet Wallace rolls into San Antonio, with chocolate eyes and dimples blazing beneath his black Stetson, romantic sparks fly. He is immediately drawn to the beautiful woman who has a mesmerizing affect on both his horses and his dog, but his less than enthusiastic response to Simone's claims threatens their budding romance. It takes a scheming Jack Russell terrier and a dose of Christmas magic to convince Chet she just may be telling the truth.


REVIEW: This was a cute story. A good make you feel warm and fuzzy, romance with no sex. I adore the way Ms Wilson uses the animals in her writing and the personality she gives to them. A unique spin, but not so far out of the realm of possibility that you find the story unbelievable.
As a child growing up, I lived on my mothers 12 acres and went to my family ranch all the time. I was surounded by a variety of animals from dogs and cats, to birds of every sort, cows and horses, pigs and rabbits.........Well, you get the idea :) I think most little girls who loved animals as much as I did always wanted to be able to actually talk to them. Maybe that is what pulled me to this story.
The fact that this story is the first book in a series Ms Wilson has called Hoofbeats & Heartstrings may have played into my purchase. Or maybe it was that a portion of the proceeds go to an equine rescue.....Then again maybe it was all the factors put together more than anything.
The characters in the story were real life people with real issues. The story will open eyes to the cruelty that can and does happen to unwanded equines when they have no one to turn to. When they are cast aside and all hope is lost. Perhaps if there were more people who took the extra step, made just a small donation, more horses could be spared unimaginable horors.
This story can be bought in E-Book or Print version. Buy a book......Help save the life of a horse......Give them a second chance at a wonderful life!
Ms. Wilson........My hats off to you. I look forward to the next in this series.

Smuggler of the Heart by JoAnn Carter

Story: 8
Presentation: 9
Total: 17
Publisher: White Rose Publishing
Inspirational Romance


Blurb: Disheartened and tired, Samantha Warren returns to Vermont during the winter break. Her passion for history rekindles after finding an old smuggler’s chest hidden in her grandparents' attic. Will she be able to return to New Jersey without her heart being smuggled like the chest once was? Or is it already too late?


Review: Have you ever read an Inspy that touched you so, that it left goose bumps and a warm soft feeling in your chest? This is one of the few that made me feel that way. The way the author expressed the heroines feeling's in her prayers to God left me with a wonderful ache.This short story is just enough, at 37 pages, to whet your appetite and give you warm fuzzies about the relationship with the Lord and His place in your life and heart.For me the romance, while there, took second place to Sam's search for a renewed faith. Not a Happily Ever After, but a Happy with the Promise for the Future, it was enough and I still felt the story itself was a worthwhile read. Thank you to Ms Carter, a good Inspy is hard to find sometimes and yours qualifies :)

Snakes and Jails and Puppy Dog Tails by Mallary Mitchell

Story: 7
Presentation: 8
Total: 15
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Historical Western Romance
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Blurb: Spinster Arabella Trask loves only one man, but he betrayed her. Levi Wallace left her for another and married the woman who carried his child. Now a widower, Levi is injured and desperately needs Arabella's help. Can she risk her heart again?As he lays dying from a snake bite...Levi's one regret is losing Bella. He never had the chance to tell her the child wasn't his. He married to save his brother's sorry hide and give the child a name. He longs to have Bella in his life again--will it take divine intervention to get her back?


Review: A very cute story with a heart warming second chance at love theme. One of the things I love about this nifty little short is the measures Levi went to to protect his brother and dad. Giving up his own love for the greater good of his family really touched me. The kids were adorable, the love true and standing up to the test of time and heartbreak in the light of what really happened when the truth is finally revealed.
Ms Mitchell has done a great job and I look forward to reading more from this author.

House of Wacks by Denise Gwen

Story: 7
Presentation: 9
Total: 16
Publisher: The WIld Rose Press
Young Adult
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Blurb: Little did Jordan Meadows realize, when Dad insisted she get a job, it would turn out to be such an amazing summer! Who would have guessed that all her eyebrow, bikini, and leg waxes at Tranquility Spa would pay off as job experience? Working behind the scenes on the set of House of Wax IX: Return of the Revengenator, she becomes the go-to girl for paraffin wax. Then she meets Keith Charles, a band nerd from her high school. Between draping his freckled arms with wax and making sure he looks extra clotty, she’s stunned to find herself falling in love with someone outside her own clique. As filming and the summer draw to a close, she’s a changed girl, for sure. She's made friends with people she never would have associated with at North High School, but what about her friends, the awesome foursome? Should she break up with Keith, since he’s not a member of her exclusive, inner circle? Or is it time to branch out and make new friends?

Review: A great little page turner to add to the YA line in any library. The trials and tribulations of teen years can be difficult......Okay, okay, they are difficult. For everyone. The teen, parents, friends. It's all about finding out who you are, coming into your own, growing up and taking responsability. This story did a wonderful job at covering all the basis.
Many congrats Ms Gwen. And here is to many more :)

Love's Sweet Attack by Loree Lough

Story: 6
Presentation: 7
Total: 13
Publisher: White Rose Publishing
Inspirational Romance


Blurb: When karate expert, Paige Anderson, meets ex-football star, Dean Porter, people fall head over heels--literally!Despite very different backgrounds, it's quickly obvious they have much in common. But will the dark secret that caused her to turn from God also keep her from Dean? Or will he help her accept that the Almighty loves her as much as he does--all in time for both of them to score the goal of a lifetime?


Review: Eh.....I really liked the premise of the story, but I had some issues with it. There were some editing issues that I think should have been caught. The fist time he comes over for dinner before he gets there she changes clothes and puts on shoes. Then after he gets there she closes the fridge with her mysteriously bare foot......THE MYSTERY OF THE DISAPPEARING SHOE!All in all I liked both of the main characters but I felt the story was weighed down with some scenes that I felt had no major part in the story and the book would have been fine without them. I had a bit of a hard time believing that the heroine would have gotten so bent out of shape during the black moment. But that's just me.

I felt that God came a little late into the story as His first mention wasn't until page 22 then not again until page 51 and then has 13 appearances. I just felt for an Inspy there could have been more about the Lord and his part in the relationship and the lives of the characters before the last 25 pages.
I certainly plan to read more by this author as I feel she has great promise.

A Love for Eternity by L. M. Gonzalez

Story: 8
Presentation: 8
Total: 16
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Recent Historical
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Blurb: At eighteen, Christina Ramos meets the love of her life, yet she allows her mother to talk her into marrying someone else. Widowed fifty years later, Christina finds herself transported back to 1955 to that magical day she first meets Joe Morado.Second chances don’t happen very often, and this time she vows to stay with the man of her dreams forever. No matter what.…Because a love that transcends time is A Love for Eternity

Review: Haven't we all wondered about the what ifs in our pasts at some point of another? This wonderful, sweet little tale is a glimmer of what could happen if the what ifs were allowed to happen.
Very cute and heart warming, this tale is a definite read for those who enjoy a sweet read with heartwarming characters and a good romance. Ms Gonzalez has done a great job and I can't wait to read more of her work.

Trust Your Heart by Christine Columbus

Story: 9
Presentation: 9
Total: 18
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Sweet Contemporary
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Blurb: Michelle, a divorced mother of two preschool children living in a Minneapolis suburb, maintains her subscription to her hometown newspaper. So when she bumps into childhood friend David, she already knew he was successful and a bachelor, but what the paper forgot to mention was how he had matured into a handsome man.Memories of their past resurface, and once more, she envisions playing house with him. Although this time it's the adult-rated version, where he's selling software that threatens her job, her co-workers refuse to play nice, her ex-husband is acting just plain weird and the hometown paper is in an uproar over who is sending her flowers and who she should date. Michelle doesn’t know whom to believe until she steps back and looks deep within and trusts her heart.


Review: WOW!!!! I am not sure if I have ever wanted to slap so many secondary characters in my life! Ms Columbus, you have done such a fabulous job creating the emotions for this story that I wanted to jump into the pages and wring the necks of a couple of the nasty people who were total jerks to Michelle.Both main characters were so wonderful. Emotion ran rampant and more than once I experienced the emotion right along with them. When I read a story that can do that, I am at a loss for words. The beginning, middle and end left me a very satisfied reader. *Snaps* for a job well done and a toast for more to come from this talented author :)

Flying Free by Amber Polo

Story: 8
Presentation: 8
Total: 16
Publisher: Treble Heart Books
Contemporary
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Blurb: Lia thinks she’s going to get her pilot’s license, sell her father’s Arizona airpark house, go back to helping beef producers sell meat, and probably find a guy just like the cheating husband who bankrupted her.Seth thinks he’s come to Arizona to build a spiritual center, escape the community and wife that betrayed him, and create a new beginning much like the contemplative, vegetarian life he left.While Lia tries to hide and Seth tries to fit in, their attraction, with a little help from their wacky senior citizen neighbors, pulls them together. All they have to do is conquer the fear of flying and their fear of love.


Review: Have you ever read a book that entertained and opened your eyes to new and interesting facts? If not then I suggest you take a look at this one. A nifty, sweet story filled with planes, airpark life and a super sexy vegan Budhist that anyone would find hard to resist. A heart warming tale about discovering what is really important in life.....sometimes a little later than you had hoped, but finding it just the same. Creative, quirky characters really set this story alive and give it a spark.Good work Ms. Polo a true enjoyment :)