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August 18, 2017

SEEDS OF MALICE

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Seeds of Malice: A Psychic Vision Novel (Psychic Visions Book 11) by [Mayer, Dale]
SEEDS OF MALICE
A Psychic Visions Novel
Psychic Visions
Book 11
by
Dale Myer


SYNOPSIS

 Charged with murder. Betrayed by her lover. Shunned by her friends.
After being acquitted of the murder, botanist Fern Geller runs from her past to learn everything she can about poisonous plants. She ends up doing a six month contract at the Garden of Death before finding the answer she’s seeking...
When she returns to the same conservatory where she’d worked before, the new boss is missing and several other men are dead. Once again, all eyes turn her way.
FBI agent, London Behring hadn’t expected Fern to look like she does now. Ethereal. Gorgeous. Gentle. Why and how had she been a murder suspect? Even more intriguing, how had she been acquitted of all charges? And more mysteriously, she’d come back to the scene of the crime… at the perfect time to fall under suspicion – again.
What magic did she possess to walk away from such crimes? And how can he stay free of her charms… a lure he’s finding impossible to resist. (from Amazon)

  
AUTHOR
2965060Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It's a Dog's Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).
She honors the stories that come to her - and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print and ebook format.

To find out more about Dale and her books, visit her at http://www.dalemayer.com. Or connect with her online with Twitter at www.twitter.com/dalemayer and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dalemayer.author. If you like Dale Mayer's books and are interested in joining her street team, sign up here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/40238...

MY THOUGHTS
As if Fern Geller being charged with murder, but acquitted, isn't enough, she has been betrayed by the one she thought was on her side, no matter what, her lover.  Then her friends avoid her.  That would be enough to make anyone run and run fast and she did.  She goes in search of an answer, but ends up for six months at the Garden of Death.   She is searching for answers. She goes back to her previous job only to find herself, once again, being looked at as a suspect.  It didn't seem to matter she had been acquitted before.  She was looked upon as a suspect once again. She had only one person to depend on, at least she thinks she can, and that is the one she had been in love with.  Her once lover, London, is glad she's back and wants to mend their broken relationship.  But with Fern being, once again, looked at for murder, how will Logan make things right?   Fern is a hurt soul, lots of pain and heartache in her life. But she has a special power that possibly will help her through this.  Will she be able to find it in her heart to trust Logan and a few of her psychic friends?
This book is the 11th in the series and can be read alone.You might want to read some of the previous books since some characters in this book were in previous books.  It might give a background on some of the characters. Even if you don't read any of the others first, you won't be lost as the book stands alone very well.  I do feel you will, after reading this one, go back to some of the previous books.  The author gives you suspense, much anticipation, mystery along with the psychic.  OF course, there is that thing called LOVE.  The book showed that even though people may have a special something about them,  even they go through some bad times and bad things happen.  But these characters grow with those bad things.   They overcome fear and go on with their lives. As you turn the pages, you try to figure out who 'dun' it.  I was rather surprised when I found out.  I thought I had it figured out, but I was way off.  
Romance is a small part of this book. It's more about the mystical psychic powers and the mystery.The characters are so believable and you can see where this could actually happen.  So count on getting hooked on this book. The author definitely engages you and doesn't let go.

I received a copy of this book and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 5 STARS. 

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REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PRESENT:
Making Peace With Dementia
Remembrance Of Things Present: Making Peace With Dementia by Peter Maeck

The experience of writing a poem, play, or story, or creating a photograph, is like riding a train through wonderful, unexpected scenery. When I wake up in the morning I hurry to get to work because I never want to miss that train. My train derailed the morning of my father's Alzheimer's diagnosis. Dad hadn't chosen a trip into dementia but here he was on track to forget his friends, his family, and even his own name.
I tempered my shock by denying that this was a tragic turn of events. I figured Dad would be freed from all past doubts and guilt, he’d live in a blissful Here and Now, and his future would be an open book. Dementia wasn't a curse, it was a gift!
Oh, come on, I chided myself – a gift
What gift takes away all we’ve treasured in life,
Erases our husband and blots out our wife,
Makes the children we’ve raised and protected from dangers
Come before us not loved ones but absolute strangers?
The Kübler-Ross model says denial is the first of the five stages of grief. But while denying my father's affliction, I worried for myself: Was dementia in the blood? Would I someday lose my own memory? And wasn't losing my father a worry enough in itself? Dad told me to stay calm, the decline would be gradual, and maybe some good might come from this. What good, I wondered, could come from shock, grief, and despair?
Give us this day, and our daily bread, too,
But don’t make believe that the world’s born anew
Every morning, it’s not, we’re just one whole day older.
Wiser, we hope, and stronger and bolder.
Than what, though? Than yesterday? That we can’t answer,
Except to affirm that dementia’s a cancer
Which kills off our knowledge of which is more rotten:
A bad day remembered or one that’s forgotten.
As if to compensate for my father’s fading memory, my own memory became more acute. As Dad shed future considerations, I projected further ahead. Then I realized that all my forward and backward looking was pushing me away from my father; thus I had to meet him where he was increasingly living: in a constant present tense. As I did this, Dad and I moved from a prose relationship into one of poetry, less literal and more metaphorical, where we engaged more in rhyme than in reason, freezing time initially but then melting it and coming together in a lyrical realm between what had gone before and what was yet to be.
What good can come from a terrible affliction? What follows the Kübler-Ross stages of denial, anger, bargaining, and depression? For me it was a revelation that dementia’s grip is loosened by the power of poetry, pictures, music, and love. For my father it was an even tenderer and more profound relationship with his family. I wrote Remembrance of Things Present – Making Peace with Dementia to celebrate my father's brave, good-humored journey through Alzheimer's, and to show how such an affliction can actually draw loved ones closer together instead of driving them apart.
 
ABOUT THE BOOK
 Caring for an aging father diagnosed with Alzheimer's exposes a multitude of experiences and feelings. Writer and photographer Peter Maeck approached this extremely difficult time of life with extraordinary mindfulness and compassion. Using the language of his craft, Maeck observed that he and his father "moved from a prose relationship into one of poetry . . . less literal and more metaphorical . . . engaging more in rhyme than in reason." Remembrance of Things Present is an important book for our time as dementia nears epidemic proportions; it is wisdom gleaned from facing one of life's most horrific afflictions with word, image, and love

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Peter MaeckABOUT THE AUTHOR
Peter Maeck is a poet, playwright, and photographer whose work has been produced and exhibited both in the United States and internationally. He served as a U.S. State Department American Cultural Specialist in Tanzania and Morocco, and he has created training programs for major U.S. corporations. He holds a B.A. in English from Dartmouth College and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Brandeis University. He has presented "Remembrance of Things Present" as a TEDx Talk in the U.S. and abroad.  AUTHOR'S WEBSITE
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    Making Peace With Dementia
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     Remembrance Of Things Present: Making Peace With Dementia by Peter Maeck
    ABOUT THE BOOK
    Publisher: Shanti Arts LLC (April 18, 2017)
    Category: Health, Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, Photography, Memoir, Poetry
    Tour dates: Aug-Oct, 2017
    ISBN: 978-1941830802
    Available in Print & ebook, 70 pages
    Remembrance of Things Present


    Peter Maeck celebrates his father's brave, good-humored struggle with Alzheimer's Disease. With lyrical prose, rhyming verse, and his own photographs, Maeck traces his personal journey from resistance to acceptance of a loved one's dementia, and suggests how the affliction can draw patients and caregivers together instead of driving them apart.

    Maeck says, "As if to compensate for my father's fading memory, my own memory became more acute. As Dad shed future considerations, I projected further ahead. Then I realized that all my forward and backward looking was pushing me away from my father; thus I had to meet him where he was increasingly living: in a constant present tense."

    As the book reveals: Dad and I then moved from a prose relationship into one of poetry, less literal and more metaphorical, where we engaged more in rhyme than in reason, freezing time initially but then melting it and coming together in that lyrical realm between what had gone before and what was yet to be.

    When presenting his story at TEDx events, Alzheimer's Association gatherings, and mental health conferences in the U.S. and abroad, Maeck hears caregivers, familial and professional, confess their frustration, regret, despair, and even rage when dementia is diagnosed. Clearly, caregivers need and deserve care giving as much as their patients do. "Remembrance of Things Present" aims to comfort, console, and inspire persons with Alzheimer's Disease and other forms of dementia, their loved ones, clinicians, researchers, and all whose lives dementia touches. As Maeck says, "If art can offer no more than symptomatic and palliative relief from the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease, that is no less than modern medicine has done to date. Ideally, art and science can work together to reduce dementia’s effects and ultimately reach a cure."

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    Peter MaeckABOUT THE AUTHOR
    Peter Maeck is a poet, playwright, and photographer whose work has been produced and exhibited both in the United States and internationally. He served as a U.S. State Department American Cultural Specialist in Tanzania and Morocco, and he has created training programs for major U.S. corporations. He holds a B.A. in English from Dartmouth College and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Brandeis University. He has presented "Remembrance of Things Present" as a TEDx Talk in the U.S. and abroad.
     Website: http://www.petermaeck.com
    Photography website: http://www.petermaeckphotography.com
    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/petermaeck/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/PeterMaeck
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/peter.maeck.1
    Facebook- Photography Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Peter-Maeck-Photography/253144378061964?skip_nax_wizard=true
    Facebook- Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/Peter-Maeck-Author-414391928926496/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/petermaeck/

    MY THOUGHTS
    This is such a informative and also a true honest view of dementia.  The author approaches it in a different way using poetry, and his own photography.  It's far more than just a story.   The book isn't presented on just one level.  There are many with the prose, the pictures, some confessions and some questions.   I found the photography to be amazing. It captures the true person and you just want to sit and look at them and wonder about the innocence, the pain, the simple, yet very complicated lives of the people in the pictures. It's more than the author telling of his father's dementia.  It shows the approach to his father's devastating disease and how the author handles the anger, the love and the facing of what is at hand.  It saddens the heart at what this disease can do to a person, but the author takes that sadness and you feel a warmth in your heart for the love that is there.  It's a true, honest dealing with a subject that destroys.  The author makes a connection to the reader with the honesty and the human aspect of life.   This disease is a part of life, as awful as that is.   But the author has a very positive approach to aging and what goes with it.   This is a book that anyone who has an aging parent, relative or friend, should read. And re-read.  It may make it easier,even if just a bit, to take this in and deal with it, not only the disease, but the grief, anger, bits of joy and HOPE.  There is always HOPE and we must hold on to that, if nothing else, but to get through the hard times.  I recommend this. Don't think, Oh this wouldn't ever happen to someone close and dear to me, because it very well can.

    I received this book from the author and Virtual Author Book Tours and voluntarily decided to review it.

    I would give this book 5 STARS.

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    Praise for Remembrance Of Things Present: Making Peace With Dementia by Peter Maeck

    “I absolutely recommend this book. This book has touched me so much since my grandfather in his latter days suffered from dementia. The poems are so beautifully written and touching and I am so happy to see there is more awareness about this disease.”- Elizabeth M. Bokango, Amazon Reviewer

    “I've had the privilege of attending Peter Maeck's TEDx Talk about his father and Alzheimers Disease. His book ‘Remembrance of Things Present’ complements and beautifully illustrates his spoken prose and poetry on a difficult subject. He takes us on a lyrical journey from a relationship with his father through the confusing and anger filled diagnosis to a new place of acceptance of a disease that separates, yet bonds the two of them ultimately on a spiritual level. I recommend this book for all who have loved ones who may be facing similar circumstances. 5 stars for sure!”-Kristen Makita, Amazon Reviewer

    “What a great little book! Moving, insightful photos integrated with passionate and creative poetry create a unique telling of the experience Peter Maeck had with his father's journey through dementia. I had the opportunity to experience a live dramatic presentation of ‘Remembrance of Things Present’ by the author at a TEDx event. It was truly moving and entertaining. This book allows revisiting of that experience and creates a similar experience for others. Maeck demonstrates his unique combination of talents weaving photography and poetry into a book that everyone should read and reread.”-Amazon Reviewer

    “Beautiful collection of photographs, poetry, and prose from an artist grappling with his changing relationship with his aging father, who has Alzeimer's disease. From the first page, the author reaches beyond easy narratives we sometimes hear about aging - that life becomes simpler, for example. Instead, the author delves bravely into the grief he feels about his father's dementia, and how their relationship changes as their memories take divergent paths. Ambivalence, hope, fear, confusion, anger, joy - Maeck approaches his feelings with extraordinary compassion, wisdom, and insight. Taught me to approach my own ambivalence about aging with more gentleness. The book, with its combination of text and images, is a moving and engaging read - highly recommended!! Will deepen your understanding of grief, aging, and dementia. A must read!”-Athena Torri, Amazon Reviewer

    “I loved the all the layers in this book -- pictures, narratives, confessions and inquiry. The author’s father is pictured, here swathed in a scarf as in a monk’s cowl, there stepping lightly with a walker, there standing and inhaling a harmonica. There are photos of children lost in reverie, and of old people at play. Women and men are on trains and beaches and at amusement parks. The accompanying text is a rich conversational musing, the author’s response to other authors and ideas – on aging, on art and poetry and relationships, and on what it can mean to grow older. The conversation concludes with a long tribute in rhymed tetrameter couplets, remarkable for it’s genuineness and poignancy. I expect to be looking at this book again and again.”- Daniel Chodos, Amazon Reviewer

    August 17, 2017

    SAN FRANCISCO NIGHTS/Giveaway

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    Title: SAN FRANCISCO NIGHTS
    Author: Greg Messel
    Publisher: Sunbreaks Publishing
    Pages: 232
    Genre: Mystery / Suspense
    The wife of a wealthy San Francisco shipping magnate leads a secret life but someone is threatening to expose her.  Private eye Sam Slater and his wife and partner, Amelia, meet a mysterious woman in a large red hat during a train trip. The woman approaches him pleading for help because she‘s receiving anonymous notes quoting Bible verses which are becoming more and more ominous with each passing day. Her secrets have been discovered but by whom? What really happens behind closed doors in Room 505 in a swanky downtown hotel?
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    Greg has written ten novels. His latest is “San Francisco Nights” which is the seventh in a series of mysteries set in 1959 San Francisco. “Shadows In The Fog,” “Fog City Strangler,” “San Francisco Secrets,” “Deadly Plunge” are sequels to the first book in the series “Last of the Seals.” His other three novels are “Sunbreaks,” “Expiation” and “The Illusion of Certainty.” For a more detailed summary of Greg’s novels go to www.gregmessel.com
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    MY THOUGHTS
    The setting is San Francisco, 1959.

     A woman on a train is keeping her eye on Sam Slater.  It appears that she knows Sam but he doesn't know her, but he will remember her, and not only for her large red hat.

    She reaches out to Sam saying she is getting notes from an anonymous person and they are threatening her. But Amelia has reservations about this woman.  She feels it's trouble brewing.  She's flirting with Sam and  and that puts Amelia on high alert. How does this woman know Sam so well?  What is really up?  Well, this woman has a secret that she's hiding.  What could it be?

     Did it have something to do with Room 505 in a rich, high scale hotel?  What happened there?   But what happens when she believes her secrets are about to come out?  Someone knows something and the woman's secret life is about to explode.

    Are Sam and Amelia in danger?  Is there murder or maybe another murder in the works? I loved the intrigue of Room 505.  What's going on? The author gives you a mystery that has questions from page to page.  You become the investigator. You are the one to get the answers to t he questions of what happened in Room 505.  The book is a get away for those of you who love Sam Slater and all the escapades that go with it.  If you like figuring out mysteries with dark hidden secrets, filled with danger and the unknown, then pick up this 7th book in the Sam Slater Series.  You won't regret it, except you will want more of Sam Slater.

    I received a copy of this book  and voluntarily decided to review it.

    I would give this book 5 STARS.

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    August 16, 2017

    OUT OF THE JUNGLE:The Jungle Boy

    Raymond Walker, author of
    OUT OF THE JUNGLE:The Jungle Boy,
    migrated from his native country of Guyana
    to the Untied States in search of
    better opportunities,
     and today he works to honor the memory
     of his grandparents in Guyana who raised him.
    OUT OF THE JUNGLE is his debut novel.

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    OUT OF THE JUNGLE
    The Jungle Boy
    by
    Rayfield Walker
    OUT OF THE JUNGLE follows Rayfield Walker's escape to New York City, where he finds success as a star student and catharsis in painting, film making, and writing. His accounts of repeated verbal, mental, and physical abuse offer a grim portrait of life in rural Guyana. His father expressed the pain of a gay man living in an unforgiving, homophobic society on young Rayfield, including daily beatings and locking the child in a kitchen cupboard for hours at a time. Rayfield also endured sexual assault at the hands of close friends and relatives. Despite enduring horrifying and repeated abuse, Rayfield fought for his life with an iron will and utter determination. He knew there had to be something better. He found refuge in his grandparents' home, w here his grandmother instilled in him important virtues and strength of character. Finally, after accepting the truth embedded in the advice his grandmother had given him--Remembering where you came from can give you strength, clinging in the past only leads to stagnation--he eventually found a path out. In New York, with the help of those who care for him, Rayfield learns to grab hold of his dreams  and to comfort in the momentum needed to reach his next goal, believing that no one knows what they will experience, accomplish, or who they can become.
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    Rayfield Walker migratted from his native country of Guyana to the United States in search of better opportunities and today he works to honor the memory of his grandparents in Guyana who raised him. Out of the Jungle is his debut novel.

     
    MY THOUGHTS
    This story will tear at your heart.  You won't forget it for a long time.    This is Mr. Walker's memoir of his growing up in Guyana.   He was at the mercy of an abusive, violent father.  He was constantly verbally, mentally and physically abused. His father took his frustrations of being gay out on Rayfield.   He was locked often in a cabinet in the kitchen.  Not only his father abused him sexually but family and friends did so also.  Not only the physical, mental and emotional abuse from his father and others, Rayfield knew that his mother could have prevented every bit of this, but she didn't. She would actually watch him being abused by his father. But this was a boy, about to become a remarkable man.   Rayfield was one among few who had a strong will to overcome the abuse and become someone.  This he did with the help of his grandparents.  His grandmother must have been a wonderful woman.  She took a young boy and taught him the important values of life.  She taught him to be strong.   She instilled in him that remembering where you come from  will often make you strong, but you must not hold on to the past.  With his grandmother's guidance he eventually made his way to New York.   He had dreams.  He knew he was strong now and he worked to achieve those dreams.   He knew that no one knew what the future may bring to you.  So Rayfield went from a scared child that was abused by those who should have loved him, into a strong and positive New York City artist. 
     Mr.. Walker eventually faced his past, and then put it behind.  He won awards, met other artists who helped him and found a peace through the art and photography when he was at Brooklyn College Academy. I am extremely impressed by this man.  He tells a story that is horrific, extremely painful but I believe he tells it so others will know that you can find peace and achieve your dreams.  The past is the past and that is where it belongs.   This man is an inspiration to all.  He dedicates his story to all children everywhere who are abused. Truly a remarkable man.
    “In order to achieve great things, you have to do might ones”
    Rayfield

    I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily decided to review it.

    I would give this book  5 SOLID STARS.

    FOUNDATIONS OF DRAWING: A Practical Guide...


    FOUNDATIONS OF DRAWING
    A Practical Guide to Art History, Tools, Techniques and Styles
    by
    Al Gury
    Foundations of Drawing by Al Gury



    MY THOUGHTS
    Drawing is a wonderful way to express how you see an object, a person, scenery or anything your eye sees.   This book is a good feel to it since it gives you detailed information and sketches and at the same time let's you see things with your own eyes and then put it on paper.  No two pieces of drawing will be exactly the same since everyone puts their own touch on the work.  Mr. Gury gives some wonderful history and the eras of art that have emerged through time.  He shows you the different choices there are out there in tools, mediums, and papers.  He shows how to use different methods on shading according to different locations and times of the day.  The book has some wonderful pictures in it to go with the history of drawing.  I was extremely interested in the portrait drawing part of the book along with the different mediums you can use along with the correct papers for doing it.  He gives you choices, He doesn't tell you that a certain one is the only right one to use.   This book is for everyone, whether you are a beginner or one who has been drawing for a long time.  The history alone is well worth the read. It would be perfect to put with your art books on your shelf as a reference book when you get stuck on a variety of issues in drawing.   If you are just beginning this book gives such a variety of information along with examples of how to go about achieving your ended piece.  I especially liked the step by step instructions on  portrait drawing.  SO if you have had a desire to draw beyond doodling, then expand on that doodling with help from this guide.  This is the book for good instruction along with wonderful history of drawing and art.

    I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books and the author and voluntarily decided to review it.

    I would give this book 4 STARS.

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    AN UNEXPECTED AFTERLIFE by Dan Sofer



     An Unexpected Afterlife: An Adventure in the Jewish Resurrection (The Dry Bones Society Book 1) by [Sofer, Dan]










    AN UNEXPECTED AFTERLIFE
    An Adventure in the Jewish Resurrection
    The Dry Bones Society
    Book One
    by
    Dan Sofer

    SYNOPSIS
    Moshe Karlin wakes up one morning, naked and alone, in the Mount of Olives Cemetery. According to his family and friends, he died two years ago, but Moshe is not about to accept his demise lying down.

    Is his new lease on life a freak of nature or the start of the long-awaited Resurrection? Moshe doesn't really care. He vows to beat his "afterlife crisis" and win back his life-and his wife-if it is the last thing he does.

    But the road ahead is full of unexpected dangers. Along the way he gains insight into life, love, and the Jewish State, as well as the suspicion that perhaps his perfect first life was not so perfect after all.

    Meanwhile, other changes are afoot in the Holy Land. A reluctant prophet prepares to deliver a message of redemption-and the end of life as we know it-when a freak accident changes the course of history.

    Readers who enjoy the satire and humor of Kurt Vonnegut, Carl Hiaasen, Terry Pratchett, and Douglas Adams will enjoy this intriguing and humorous mystery in the Jewish lore and legends of the Resurrection, the World to Come, and the Messianic Era.


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    10519922 Dan Sofer won the 2016 Best Book Award (category: religious fiction) for his debut novel, A Love and Beyond ("A mysterious crime. A ruthless secret society. And a desperate bachelor...")

    His romantic adventures and magical satires explore Jewish lore and legend on the streets of modern-day Jerusalem.

    His new novel, An Unexpected Afterlife, hits the shelves March 28, 2017. (Available for pre-order on Amazon, B&N, BookDepository, etc.)

    Dan lives in Israel with his family.

    *** Download a free book at http://dansofer.com

    From the Author

    For two thousand years, the People of Israel has waited for the Final Redemption.
    The wait has ended...


    According to Jewish traditions (based on the Old Testament), the End of Days will involve a Resurrection of the Dead, a Messiah King, an Ingathering of Exiles, a Rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem, a World War, great upheavals, and a very large banquet of fish (or, in the very least, a very large fish).

    What if the Messianic Era began today?

    This series of novels, The Dry Bones Society, serves up one possible scenario of how all that might pan out, along with healthy side helpings of romance and action, humor and adventure, as well as an introspective look at the State of Israel and, while we're at it, the state of humanity.

    Book 1: An Unexpected Afterlife (March 2017)
    Book 2: An Accidental Messiah (October 2017)
    Book 3: TBA (2018)


     
    MY THOUGHTS
     (You Only Live Twice?) I wasn't really sure if I would enjoy this or not but I'm glad I decided to read it.  It's a mixture of characters who have a depth to them. They aren't simple characters. They are very complicated which makes them interesting.  The author gives you characters that you want to understand and get to know.  The characters are more realistic since they are far from perfect, they have their baggage. There are quite a few characters that are a support for each other.   Moshe Karlin has been dead for about two years, yes dead, but he awakens and finds he is in Mount of Olives Cemetery, completely naked.    He then finds his way to his home and his wife, but when he gets there, his wife and best friend are in bed together.   Moshe finds himself alone, with no home, and no wife.  So he seeks out the one who buried him, Rabbi Yosef hoping to get some answers.  He now knows he will never have his wife back since she soon is to marry his best friend, or who was his best friend, and on top of that, his business is gone.  He has nothing.   Why has he returned from the dead? Moshe is given a second try at life and he certainly knows it won't be easy. But he realizes he hadn't made his first life meaningful, made some bad choices and didn't take to heart what was most important. He wants to make this second life better, but can he do that? But  he soon finds that he isn't the only one who has returned from the dead.  There are others. The author gives you interesting characters, each with their own personalities. You get a bit of the Russian Mob, problems in the city's government, suspense, mystery and a look at the beliefs and structure of Judaism.  A variety of things that the author has molded together to bring a good story of hope.  But there is also the struggle of coming back form the dead for a second chance at life.  Adjusting is difficult.  It all lies in how a person decides to live their life.  Everyone chooses differently.
     
    The book will tug at your heart strings, in both directions.  Heart warming and heart breaking.  Does everyone deserve a "do over" or a "Mulligan" better known as a second chance?  Take  time to read this book and decide if you would deserve or even want a "second chance".  Would you learn from the mistakes in your first life and do things completely different in your second life.?   Some would, some would not.  Some would change the things they did wrong, the wrong choices. Some would throw away the second chance, probably as they did the first.  Everyone has to make the choices that affect their lives by themselves at the end, no one can do it for you.  If you choose wrong, it's on you, no one else.  What would you do?

    I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily decided to review it.

    I would give this book 4 STARS. 

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    The Sullivans Boxed Set Books 1-3

    Author: Bella Andre

    Publisher: Oak Press, LLC

    Pages: 662

    Genre: Contemporary Romance
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    "Not since Nora Roberts has anyone been able to write a big family romance series with every book as good as the last! Bella Andre never disappoints!" Revolving Bookcase Reviews



    THE LOOK OF LOVE


    Chloe Peterson is having a bad night. A really bad night. The large bruise on her cheek can attest to that. And when her car skids off the side of a wet country road straight into a ditch, she's convinced even the gorgeous guy who rescues her in the middle of the rain storm must be too good to be true. Or is he?


    As a successful photographer who frequently travels around the world, Chase Sullivan has his pick of beautiful women, and whenever he's home in San Francisco, one of his seven siblings is usually up for causing a little fun trouble. Chase thinks his life is great just as it is--until the night he finds Chloe and her totaled car on the side of the road in Napa Valley. Not only has he never met anyone so lovely, both inside and out, but he quickly realizes she has much bigger problems than her damaged car. Soon, he is willing to move mountains to love--and protect--her, but will she let him?



    FROM THIS MOMENT ON


    For thirty-six years, Marcus Sullivan has been the responsible older brother, stepping in to take care of his seven siblings after their father died when they were children. But when the perfectly ordered future he's planned for himself turns out to be nothing but a lie, Marcus needs one reckless night to shake free from it all.


    Nicola Harding is known throughout the world by only one name - Nico - for her catchy, sensual pop songs. Only, what no one knows about the twenty-five year old singer is that her sex-kitten image is totally false. After a terrible betrayal by a man who loved fame far more than he ever loved her, she vows not to let anyone else get close enough to find out who she really is...or hurt her again. Especially not the gorgeous stranger she meets at a nightclub, even though the hunger - and the sinful promises - in his dark eyes make her want to spill all her secrets.



    CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE


    Gabe Sullivan risks his life every day as a firefighter in San Francisco. But after learning a brutal lesson about
    professional boundaries, he knows better than to risk his heart to his fire victims ever again. Especially the brave mother and daughter he saved from a deadly apartment fire...and can't stop thinking about.


    Megan Harris knows she owes the heroic firefighter everything for running into a burning building to save her and her seven-year-old daughter. Everything except her heart. Because after losing her navy pilot husband five years ago, she has vowed to never suffer through loving - and losing - a man with a dangerous job again.

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    Enjoy the following excerpt
    from THE LOOK OF LOVE...

    Chase almost missed the flickering light off on the right side of the two-lane country road. In the past thirty minutes, he hadn’t passed a single car, because on a night like this, most sane Californians—who didn’t know the first thing about driving safely in inclement weather—stayed home.
    Knowing better than to slam on the brakes—he wouldn’t be able to help whomever was stranded on the side of the road if he ended up stuck in the muddy ditch right next to them—Chase slowed down enough to see that there was definitely a vehicle stuck in the ditch.
    He turned his brights on to see better in the pouring rain and realized there was a person walking along the edge of the road about a hundred yards up ahead. Obviously hearing his car approach, she turned
    to face him and he could see her long wet hair whipping around her shoulders in his headlights.
    Wondering why she wasn’t just sitting in her car, dry and warm, calling Triple A and waiting for them to come save her, he pulled over to the edge of his lane and got out to try and help her. She was
    shivering as she watched him approach.
    "Are you hurt?"
    She covered her cheek with one hand, but shook her head. "No."
    He had to move closer to hear her over the sound of the water hitting the pavement in what were rapidly becoming hailstones. Even though he’d turned his headlights off, as his eyes quickly adjusted to the darkness, he was able to get a better look at her face.
    Something inside of Chase’s chest clenched tight.
    Despite the long, dark hair plastered to her head and chest, regardless of the fact that looking
    like a drowned rat
    wasn’t too far off the descriptive mark, her beauty stunned him.
    In an instant, his photographer’s eye cataloged her features. Her mouth was a little too big, her eyes a little too wide-set on her face. She wasn’t even close to model thin, but given the way her T-shirt and jeans stuck to her skin, he could see that she wore her lush curves well. In the dark he couldn’t judge the exact color of her hair, but it looked like silk, perfectly smooth and straight where it lay over her breasts.
    It wasn’t until Chase heard her say, "My car is definitely hurt, though," that he realized he had completely lost the thread of what he’d come out here to do.
    Knowing he’d been drinking her in like he was dying of thirst, he worked to recover his balance. He could already see he’d been right about her car. It didn’t take a mechanic like his brother, Zach, who
    owned an auto shop—more like forty, but Chase had stopped counting years ago—to see that her shitty hatchback was borderline totaled. Even if the front bumper wasn’t half smashed to pieces by the white farm fence she’d slid into, her bald tires weren’t going to get any traction on the mud. Not tonight, anyway.
    If her car had been in a less precarious situation, he probably would have sent her to hang out  in her car while he took care of getting it unstuck. But one of her back tires was hanging precariously over the edge of the ditch.
    He jerked his thumb over his shoulder. "Get in my car. We can wait there for a tow truck." He was vaguely aware of his words coming out like an order, but the hail was starting to sting, damn it. Both of them needed to get out of the rain before they froze.
    But the woman didn’t move. Instead, she gave him a look that said he was a complete and utter nut-job.
    "I’m not getting into your car."
    Realizing just how frightening it must be for a lone woman to end up stuck and alone in the middle of a dark road, Chase took a step back from her. He had to speak loudly enough for her to hear him over
    the hail.
    "I’m not going to attack you. I swear I won’t do anything to hurt you."
    She all but flinched at the word attack and Chase’s radar started buzzing. He’d never been a magnet for troubled women, wasn’t the kind of guy who thrived on fixing wounded birds. But living with two sisters for so many years meant he could always tell when something was up.
    And something was definitely up with this woman, beyond the fact that her car was half-stuck in a muddy ditch.
    Wanting to make her feel safe, he held his hands up. "I swear on my father’s grave, I’m not going to hurt you. It’s okay to get into my car." When she didn’t immediately say no again, he pressed his advantage with, "I just want to help you." And he did. More than it made sense to want to help a stranger. "Please," he said. "Let me help you."
    She stared at him for a long moment, hail hammering between them, around them, onto them. Chase found himself holding his breath, waiting for her decision. It shouldn’t matter to him what she decided.
    But, for some strange reason, it did.

    ...Excerpt from THE LOOK OF LOVE by Bella Andre ©
    2015




    Bella Andre is the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly
    bestselling author of “The Sullivans”, “The Maverick Billionaires”, “The
    Morrisons”, and the NYT bestselling “Four Weddings and a Fiasco” sweet romance
    series written as Lucy Kevin.


    Having sold more than 6 million books, Bella Andre’s novels have been #1
    bestsellers around the world and have appeared on the New York Times and USA
    Today bestseller lists 32 times. She has been the #1 Ranked Author at Amazon
    (on a top 10 list that included Nora Roberts, JK Rowling, James Patterson and
    Steven King), and Publishers Weekly named Oak Press (the publishing company she
    created to publish her own books) the Fastest-Growing Independent Publisher in
    the US. After signing a groundbreaking 7-figure print-only deal with Harlequin
    MIRA, Bella’s “The Sullivans” series is being released in paperback in the US,
    Canada, and Australia.


    Known for “sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance”
    (Publishers Weekly), her books have been Cosmopolitan Magazine “Red Hot Reads”
    twice and have been translated into ten languages. Winner of the Award of
    Excellence, The Washington Post called her “One of the top writers in America”
    and she has been featured by Entertainment Weekly, NPR,
    USA Today, Forbes, The
    Wall Street Journal, and TIME Magazine. A graduate of Stanford University, she
    has given keynote speeches at publishing conferences from Copenhagen to Berlin
    to San Francisco, including a standing-room-only keynote at Book Expo America
    in New York City.


    If not behind her computer, you can find her reading her favorite authors,
    hiking, swimming or laughing. Married with two children, Bella splits her time
    between the Northern California wine country and a 100
    year old log cabin in the Adirondacks.


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