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Friday, April 25, 2014

Book Review: Here Lies Buried by Cathy Ann Rogers

After the death of her beloved grandfather, and with no immediate surviving family members, Pilar Sagasta decides to travel from Cincinati  to Arizona to look up some distant relatives in hopes of forging new family relationships. Upon her arrival she’s met with hostility by the same and she soon realizes why her grandfather had distanced himself from them.

They are decidedly unfriendly and vicious to her and to one another and beneath their black fa├žade lies an even blacker secret.  They are all related to a notorious band of bank robbers and murderers from years past and someone is sitting on a pile of loot.  With no love for one another and a new stranger in their midst, the situation is ripe for murder and intrigue and bad stuff begins to happen quickly.


A multitude of characters introduced at the beginning of this story made it difficult for me to follow who was whom. All have a part to play. I suggest that if you read this book, you jot down notes regarding the characters, who they are and where they fall on the family tree so you can follow the trail of intrigue. I found that on occasion the book could have used a little bit better editing. I particularly enjoyed the originality of the plot and the bits of history woven in and Pilar’s character is one I warmed to. This kept me turning pages as I wanted to find out whodunit and where the money would end up. I also liked how Rogers wove in historical facts. I give this four out of five stars. This is the first in a series. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: GOING ONCE BY SHARON SALA

Nola Landry barely survives a flood in her small Louisiana town by clinging to a tree on higher ground. While hidden in its branches, she witnesses the brutal killing of three neighbors who are shot by a man in uniform in a boat. After being rescued, and losing her home, she is rescued by three FBI agents who have come to town to track a serial killer nicknamed the Stormchaser.  One of these agents is a former boyfriend, Tate Benton who left several years before without warning, breaking Nola’s heart. The flames between the two are rekindled but Nola’s life is in jeopardy and the agents, including Tate, must try to protect her once word gets out that there is a witness to the three killings.
There’s romance and suspense and some good subplots and, because it’s Harlequin, sex before marriage. Also, some language (the F word). None of it is to the point of being trashy, but because I don’t care for books that include these factors (I find it totally unnecessary) it gets a lower ranking. I’ll give it four out of five stars.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Book Release and Author Spotlight: Paula Mowrey, Legacy & Love

Today I am featuring author Paula Mowery who has just released her first solo fiction book, Legacy and Love.

Paula  is a published author, acquisitions editor, and speaker. Her first two published works were The Blessing Seer and Be The Blessing from Pelican Book Group. Both are women’s fiction, and their themes have been the topics of speaking engagements. In November of 2013, her first romance released in the anthology, Brave New Century, from Prism Book Group. Legacy and Love is her first solo romance. Reviewers of her writing characterize it as “thundering with emotion.” Her articles have appeared in Woman’s World, The Christian Online Magazine, and the multi-author devotional blog, Full Flavored Living.


As an acquisitions editor for Prism Book Group, Paula particularly looks for romance stories with Christian values at its core. She’s especially attracted to those manuscripts that leave the reader mulling over the story long after turning the last page.

Having been an avid reader of Christian fiction, she now puts that love to use by writing book reviews. She is a member of ACFW and is on the author interview team.

Paula is a pastor’s wife and mom to a first year college student. She homeschooled her daughter through all twelve years, and they both lived to tell about it. Before educating her daughter at home, she was an English teacher in public school.

 The Prayer Shawl


Sean Holland is a magazine reporter always looking for the next story. Hope Weaver is a pediatric nurse who shares Christ through making prayer shawls. The shawls are just the touchy-feely story Sean needs, even though he’ll have to endure Hope’s strong Christian beliefs to get it. An unexpected connection brings them together as a couple. But, can they find love if they don’t share their faith?

 Inheritance


Alex Lyndon’s life has been a series of fits and starts with no finishes. She finds herself jobless and divorced. Now her only family, Granny Olivia, is critically ill.

Chase Carson had to step into running the family business when his father died. The time is past due to visit Miss Olivia.

Alex and Chase must go on a treasure hunt. Will each find purpose and love for their lives in the process?


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You can follow Paula at www.facebook.com/pages/Paula-Mowery/175869562589187. Learn more about Paula at her blog at www.paulamowery.blogspot.com or enjoy her monthly columns on www.christianonlinemagazine.com.