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Playing Hurt by Gerald Nardella #review#

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The fear and insecurity in growing up in a small town that offers little opportunity and few role models, exacerbated by an uncertain future and pressure by emotions difficult to control, inspired Gerald L. Nardella to write this novel. Life’s struggle can be lonely and painful. Gerald grew up in a small town, experiencing firsthand the insecurities from living in a broken home. Those insecurities still haunt him to this day.

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This is a story about teenage life in a small town in Texas in 1960-61 and a few nights that will change the lives of Brian,Deanie and Dick forever. The book starts after Brian the quarterback and Deanie a cheerleader have had a big fight. What follows is the normal teenage angst and problems facing most high schoolers. There’s break ups, make ups, you’re typical high school rivalry and life in a small town in 1960.
When a blast from Deanie’s past shows up the troubles multiply.
This is a really good look back into the past, the characters are well written and the story keeps you interested from start to finish. I really enjoyed it and would recommend this book to anyone 13 plus. This book is an OnlineBookClub.org  Book of the Day.

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The Journey: The Ultimate Power Book 1. by Shadahyah Elizabeth # review#

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“All bear witness to my words, for the time is nigh. For on the night of a purple moon in the village of Terra, three sisters shall give birth to three daughters, who will lead the chosen to the ultimate power.”

Words many had forgotten: Until now.

On her 18th birthday, Elizabeth Kimache is approached by a mysterious stranger. What she first believed to be a marriage proposal, soon turns into a nightmare as she and her father are forced to run away from home with the stranger as their guild. With the threat of an unknown enemy approaching, Elizabeth will soon discover a truth so deadly, it could cost her life.

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This book is an Online bookclub.org Book of the day.
This is a YA story of a prophecy involving three teenage girls. Now normally I’m not a big fan of YA but after the first few pages my interest was piqued and I was hooked. I read well past my usual bed time. I couldn’t put it down, there’s more twists and turns than a mountain road.
“All bear witness to my words, for the time is nigh. For on the night of a purple moon in the village of Terra, three sisters shall give birth to three daughters, who will lead the chosen to the ultimate power.”
Elizabeth, Jasmine and Renee are best friends and also share the same birthday. On the day of their 18th birthday their village is attacked and the barely escape with their lives. King Ramos is after the 3 girls that possess the ultimate power and believe s that to control the girls is to control the world. He sends Prince’s Caleb and Hugo to do his dirty work and capture the girls. The girls know nothing of their powers all they know is they can communicate telepathically, now they’re on the run.
There’s a lot of danger and many more questions than answers. I really enjoyed this story and can’t wait to read more of the story. My only complaint and I understand why, but so many questions are left unanswered due to the next book but I’d like to know more of the story of the prophecy and the girls lives. I’ll have to read book 2 and hopefully it will answer all my questions.
Independent reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock. 4 hearts

The Pursuit of Time by William H. May #review#

51Qz94j7qULIn the year 2038 as the world struggles to adapt to energy shortages and the effects of global warming, advances in medical technology make human brain transplants possible. This story chronicles the effect this advance has on society and the fight by one dying man to extend his life with the help of his attorney friend. It challenges stereotypically held views of the elderly and their capabilities.
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This book is a OnLineBookClub.org Book of the Day.
I totally enjoyed this book,  it’s a book of “what if”. What if you got a second chance at life. What if you only got that chance if you could prove something you did 50 years ago. What if you had to convince some judges what you’re saying really happened.
In the year 2038 brain transplants are not only a possibility they’re done. There’s a transplant program and due to the high demand the application process is quite extreme. Transplants are awarded by a tribunal to certain qualified individuals, self-scarifice, betterment of society and heroism are only a few of the reasons to qualify. The odds of approval aren’t much better than hitting the lottery.
John Axelton is a 76 yr old retired professor has only approximately two years to live. He’s decided to apply for the program.
Phillip Douglas is an attorney who’s speciality is transplant applications. He once was a student of John’s, so when John asks him to help he’s more than willing to help him.
John tells him the story of an act of heroism that happens 50 years ago, in 1982 way before the transplants started. Now Phil has the job of proving John’s story is true and getting him in front of the Tribunal to get him approved.
This story also bring up the question of who really deserves a second shot at life ?  Also who really has the right to decide who deserves that second chance?
The characters were well written and the descriptions of Colorado were amazing. I could picture the beauty Colorado and of the mountains thanks to the authors vivid descriptions. My only complaint is this books premise is good but it took me a while to get into the story as it starts out kind of slow. I’m glad I stuck with it as it’s an interesting story once it gets further in. I also felt some of the characters were just added for filler but I definitely didn’t like the State Rep Tom he was an ass lol.
Independent reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock. 4 hearts

The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman by Brady G. Stefani # review #

 

51zootj0dflFifteen-year-old Courtney wants to be normal like her friends. But there’s something frighteningly different about her—and it’s not just the mysterious tattoo her conspiracy-obsessed grandfather marked her with when she was a child. The last thing Courtney wants to do is end up crazy and dead like her grandfather—but what about the tattoo? And the alien scouts who visit Courtney in her bedroom at night, claiming to have shared an alliance with her grandfather?

With her new friend Agatha’s apocalyptic visions, Courtney begins connecting the dots between the past, present, and future—of her bloodline, and the ancient history that surrounds it. So is she going mentally insane, like her family claimed her grandfather did, or is she actually a “chosen one” with ancestral connections to another world? Either way, Courtney has a mission: untangle her past, discover the truth, and stop the apocalypse before anyone from school finds out she’s missing.

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In this YA novel Courtney Hoffman thinks she’s going crazy like her grandfather. He had her tattooed at 7 years old with mysterious symbols and swore he talked to aliens. Now at 15 she’s having dreams about the aliens and they’re starting to visit her. The aliens tell her they had an alien e with her grandfather and that she’s the “chosen one”.  She tells her mom what’s going on and she quickly had Courtney committed as she refuses to discuss let alone believe anything about aliens.
With aliens popping up in her dreams and bedroom, worm holes, annoying parents, a crush and the threat of an apocalypse what’s a girl to do? Courtney does the only thing she can think of, along with friends, old and new, she goes on a journey to unlock her past and find out the truth.
This is an exceptional book with lots of twists and turns and a mix of Sci-Fi, religion and mental illness. An excellent story for the YA reader in your life.  This book is a OnLineBookClub.org Book of the Day.
Independent reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock. 4 hearts.

Melhara by Jocelyn Tollefson #review#

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Witches. Demons. Angels. Ancient prophecies and eternal wars.

Kyra Parker seems to have it all: a successful career woman, wife, and mother; she’s living the life she always wanted. But appearances are deceiving. In reality, she’s a witch who has forbidden herself from using magic—at least the powers she has control over. Only two of her closest friends know her secret—one they share.

Kyra can no longer ignore her destiny when she is exposed as the key to the end of the world. She transforms into a dark witch after reluctantly surrendering her soul to the demon, Alastor, to save her loved ones.

With her friends, Alexis and Axel, chasing her across the country in an attempt to free her from the demon’s influence, Kyra ventures ever closer to the point of no return. Her family and friends need to work together before it’s too late to save her—and the rest of the world—from the demon apocalypse.

There’s just one problem—she doesn’t want to be saved.

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A dark prophecy the from the book of Revelations comes to life when angels, demons, and witches battle for fate of humanity.

Kyra Parker tries to be normal, a wife and mother, she tries to hide her witch side from everyone. She’s been having nightmares about battles between Heaven and Hell since she was a child.

Alastor is the demon who’s been searching for Kyra for years. She’s the key to unlocking the gates of Hell. If he can convince her to join him he plans on turning the tables from good to evil and then the occupants of Heaven and Hell will trade places, releasing Hell on earth. He kidnaps her and all the people she loves, threatening to kill them. She strikes a deal agreeing to join him if he promises that he won’t harm any of them ever. Now her best friend Alexis and Alexis’ brother Axel, who are both witches, must try to rescue Kyra and save the world from an apocalypse.

The prophecy is unfolding and Kyra is in the center of it all. Will Kyra and the demon win or is there hope of saving not only Kyra but the world ? How will it all end ? The answer to these and many more questions will be found in this fast paced, action packed book. I hope there’s another coming, I’d love to read more of this exciting story. This book is an OnLineBookClub.org. Book of the Day.

Independent reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock. 5 hearts.

 
 

 

A Book for Oreo by Caralee Jardine #review#

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Every now and then you meet someone and instantly know they are special. This is an amazing love story of a cat named Oreo and the woman he picked to be his mom.

Oreo was famous for getting into mischief and compromising situations. You will laugh at his antics and keep wondering what he will do next!

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I laughed, and I cried at this short but sweet and amazing story of the love between Caralee and her cat Oreo. She rescued Oreo from a shelter when he was a baby kitten and had 15 wonderful years with him. She tells all sorts of stories about her life with Oreo and how he made her life better. Caralee writes about the last of Oreo’s life and how leaning on her faith helps her get through this terrible loss.
This is an awesome read about the love between a woman and the cat who was her child. I definitely think if you’re going to read this you better have kleenex handy. I absolutely loved this one. 5 stars isn’t enough for this heartwarming remembrance of a beloved member of the family.
This is an OnLineBookClub.org Book of the Day.
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The 11:05 Murders by Brian O’Hare #review#

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Three people are murdered on separate Tuesday evenings at precisely 11.05. Random clues point to random suspects, but too many questions remain unanswered. Why 11.05pm for each killing? Is there any connection between these deaths and a rape that occurred at Queen’s university twelve years before? What is the connection between the killings and Sergeant Stewart’s mystery informant? Who is the violent stalker who twice nearly kills Detective Allen? What is his connection, if any, to the murders? When one of his team is kidnapped, Inspector Sheehan has literally only minutes to make sense of these questions if he is to save his colleague’s life.
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Someone is killing men on Tuesdays at exactly 11:05 pm. Now WDS Denise Stewart and the other officers of Serious Crimes Division are on the job. The suspect pool is large and muddied with lies, finger pointing and half truths.  Now Denise is new to the SCD and has to get used to Chief Sheehan and how he runs his division.  Not only that she suddenly has the feeling she’s being watched. Now the big questions are who is the killer and is someone stalking Denise?  To find out you’ll have to read this great thriller.
The author writes a thrilling murder/mystery that keeps you guessing to the end.  Normally I can figure out who done it before the end but this one kept me wondering. I really enjoyed that.  I enjoyed how the characters seemed to come to life for me and have no complaints about this book. I give it a solid strong 5. This book is an OnLineBookClub.org Book of the Day.
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Junior Inquisitor by Lincoln S. Farish #review#

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Brother Sebastian is halfway up a mountain in Vermont, hell-bent on interrogating an old woman in a
shack, when he gets the order to abandon his quest for personal vengeance. He has to find a missing
Inquisitor, or, more likely, his remains. He’s reluctant, to say the least. Not only will he have to stop
chasing the best potential lead he’s had in years, this job—his first solo mission—will mean setting foot
in the grubby black hole of Providence, Rhode Island. And, somehow, it only gets worse…
If he’d known he would end up ass deep in witches, werewolves, and ogres, and that this mission
would jeopardize not only his sanity but also his immortal soul, he never would’ve answered the damn
phone.
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Lots of violence definitely for mature readers only. This book is a OnLineBookClub.org Book of the Day.
Brother Sebastian is a Inquisitor,  he works for the church hunting down and destroying evil. He is on a personal mission of vengeance, hunting  down a lead to the witch that killed his wife and unborn child when he gets a call from Brother Otto to go to Providence Rhode Island. He doesn’t want to give up his own mission but he has no choice. He is sent to find a missing Inquisitor Brother James and see what’s going on in Providence. Little does he know that there’s werewolves,ogres, Muscle and witches trying to destroy him. His life, eternal soul and his sanity are all in danger in this action-packed fast paced story of evil incarnate.
I really enjoyed this book, there was lots of interesting creatures, violence and danger at every turn. I couldn’t put it down I read to the wee hours of the night turning pages I just had to know what was going to happen next. Just when Sebastian thinks he can catch his breath something else comes out of the woodwork hell-bent on destroying him. I will definitely be reading book 2 I can’t wait to see what happens to Sebastian and what other creatures the author has thought up. Wish I could give this more than 5 stars it totally rocked. If you’re into creatures that go bump in the night, witch hunts, and evil abounding then this is the book for you. My only complaint is the book wasn’t long enough for me I would have loved to have read more but then that’s what book two is for.
Independent reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock.

The Daddy Game by Shadez #review#

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Ever wonder what goes through the mind of a guy some people would call a Deadbeat Dad? Well here’s one that will tell it to you straight and uncensored…from his side!

He’s a young man dealing with possibility of becoming a father due to an unexpected, unplanned and unwanted pregnancy. He knows this is a trap and he is determined to do everything he can to not let this become his responsibility.

Pressured by his ex, her family and her friends; watched by his friends; and tempted by women everywhere he looks; he knows the only way for him to win this game – is to play dirty!

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The is a great, funny in places, story of a young man named DeShaun Childrens. Now normally you only see the story of so called “dead beat dads” from the mother’s POV and not the dad.
This is the story from the dad’s POV.  Now normally I like or sometimes even love the main character but this time I couldn’t like him but I did respect his point. He’s an egotistical selfish “player” who only sees women as a piece of a** and nothing else. When his ex girlfriend Tiffy gives him the call most men don’t want, he decides he’s not the father and acts as such through the whole pregnancy. He’s dating another girl named Janell while playing Tiffy and using Janell too. I really enjoyed seeing this whole situation through the eyes of the man and even though I didn’t like DeShaun I appreciate the honesty the author used. Definitely an interesting and different view of the “deadbeat dad” situation. This book was an OnlineBookClub.org Book of the day.
Independent reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock. 5 hearts

Granny’s Stories by Margaret Henderson #review#

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Here is a life story to be gleaned from tales of adventure, remarkable journeys, and interesting people. The author’s intention is to inform and inspire her granddaughters, and to leave them with an image of her as something more than the old woman they knew and loved.

Some internet research into the lists at the end of some of the sections will provide an historical and geographical backdrop to many of the lively anecdotes.

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This book is was an OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day.
Granny’s Stories is a interesting collection of tales from the author about her extensive travels around the world, starting with her being a nanny in France from 1954- 55. Each chapter is a tale of its own. There are some funny stories, some scary and some very interesting. Once she traveled from Dar es Salaam to the island of Zanzibar on a rickety old 3 seat plane!! When she was teaching English in 1994 at the Nikolai Vapstarov School of Languages in Shumen, Bulgaria and she and her husband Peter took a trip to Istanbul. They rode in a claptrap old Mercedes bus and they later realised they were unknowingly involved in a drug run! There are tales of her travels to China, Berlin, France, and the Sudan among many many more. She also tells of growing up in Scotland and of her father Big Duncan. I really enjoyed these tales written to her granddaughters to show them she wasn’t always ” the old woman” that they knew growing up. I also enjoyed the smattering of pictures through out the book showing some very interesting people.
This is definitely a book for those people who are interested in non fiction/history books.
Independent reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock. 4 hearts.
 
 
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