Archive for August, 2010

Position Secured

Author: Olivia Brynn

Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

Release Date: June 22, 2010



Marienna Valdez experienced a terrible day at work; the icing of her day came when she was pulled over and given a traffic ticket.  At a young age, Marienna’s mother turned her against police officers when she insisted on dating every one of them in town.  Exhausted with all that had transpired that day, all she wanted to do was go home and and give herself some TLC with her favorite vibrator.

A frantic knock on the door disturbs Marienna’s plan to find the release her body so craves.  Reluctantly, she goes and answers it.  At her door is Lieutenant Marcus Pearson with Denver Police who is a SWAT team sniper.  He explains that a situation outside requires him to enter her condo and set up surveillance at the window in her bedroom.

As Marcus passes Marienna’s rumpled bed, he spies the rumpled sheets and Marienna’s favorite toy.  He is no stranger to what his entrance has just interrupted, but his professional duty requires him to take care of the police situation.  Once finished, he will show Marienna that the real thing is better than any manmade toy.  Will Marienna allow Marcus to provide her the pleasure she needs to block out her horrible day?

POSITION SECURED is a wonderful way to find release after a long day of work. How Marcus and Marienna finds one another will put a smile on your face.  Olivia Brynn has written a wonderfully wicked romance that is sure to delight readers of all ages. 

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Desperately Seeking Susie

Author: Patrice Wilton

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Release Date: March 21, 2010



Susie Levine had given up trying to please her over controlling father; instead she lives her life to the fullest.  She believes in showing off her perfect size two figure in her Jimmy Choo shoes and spending her nights at her favorite bar, the Candy Bar. 

On the surface Susie’s life is one you can only dream about, but buried deep inside is still the childhood scars she tries to hide.  Susie’s life was a far different one than the one she lived as a child.  At birth, she was born with a disfigurement.  She was fortunate her father was a plastic surgeon and was able to repair the damage.

Susie is about to take the journey of a lifetime to Florence, Italy to study painting.  There is just one thing preventing her from going and that is a sexy injured firefighter Brett Hamilton.  Susie has always had a childhood crush on Brett.  Her heart goes out to Brett as she sees him struggling with the scars an explosion left on his body. 

Will Susie throw her dreams of going to Italy away in order to stay with Brett and show him the love she has always harbored?  Will Brett accept Susie’s offer of comfort and love, or does he see himself unworthy of someone as beautiful as Susie?Patrice Wilton’s DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSIE is one moving book.  It is amazing to see Susie transform from a selfish person to one that grows into a caring and compassionate person.  Those seeking a wonderful tragedy to triumph romance will not be disappointed with DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSIE.

{Romance Junkies}

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iPad: The Missing Manual
J. D. Biersdorfer
O’Reilly Media
Sebastopol (Corporate Headquarters)
1005 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol, CA 95472

Purchase:   http://oreilly.com

Since its unveiling three months ago, the iPad has hit the world by storm. It has sold three million units and 11,000 iPad apps have been released; along with 225,000 that are already compatible with the device. Computer analysts predict that by 2012 there will have been over 100 million sold.

Through J.D. Biersdorfer’s iPad: The Missing Manual I gained a deeper appreciation for all this one device can offer. I was skeptical if I was ready to purchase an iPad or stay with my beloved iPod Touch. After reading/reviewing this book, there was no doubt that I would be joining the millions of people who have already made a purchase.

This book fills in the blanks the owner’s manual fails to provide. It is geared towards the new owner, the experienced user, and the advance programmer. No matter what you skill level, there is something to be gained from reading this book.

No stone goes unturned in iPad: The Missing Manual. The author has done an outstanding job in allowing you to learn the tips and tricks needed to get the most out of your iPad. I was impressed that a whole chapter was devoted to learning how to download ebooks to the system. Being a book reviewer, this was a subject that I was interested in learning all that I could in order to enable me to use this device in my book reviewing. After reading this book, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to gain the maximum results out of their new system.

In my opinion, the iPad is the greatest invention since the computer. From its sales it stands to reason that it is here to stay. I predict it will be one invention that is assured to change the way mankind mixes business with pleasure.

{Midwest Book Review}

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Rachel’s Garden – Pleasant Valley Book Two
Marta Perry
Berkley Trade
Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014



It has been a year since Rachel Brand lost her husband Ezra. His untimely death was attributed to an accident. His memory still lingers fresh in her mind each time she looks into one of her three children’s faces.

Rachel is determined to do whatever it takes to save her dairy farm. She readily accepts help when her Amish friends offer her assistance. Gideon Zook was Ezra’s best friend. He was with him the day that he died and his memory is still haunted by that horrific day.

Gideon offers to fulfill a promise that Ezra had made to Rachel, to build a greenhouse. With a heavy heart she accepts and allows him to being building. Her family is against her starting a nursery; instead they insist she sale the farm.

Gideon is plagued that he was able to survive the accident where as Ezra lost his life. Working at Rachel’s farm he sees her for the beautiful woman that he has always known her to be. The daily interaction has both of them experiencing feelings they never thought possible. Will they be able to put the past behind them and focus on the future?

There is one who is intent to see the young widow is driven to sale. With each hardship Rachel experiences they grow closer to seeing her lose her farm. Will this madman succeed in driving Rachel away from her land?

Rachel’s Garden – Pleasant Valley Book Two is second in the Pleasant Valley series. Once again Marta Perry has done an exceptional job in writing a riveting book that is assured to keep you glued to your seat. I look forward to the next installment in this highly addictive series. The simplistic life of the Amish lifestyle mixed in with an element of greed makes for one outstanding novel.

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Getting Past Your Breakup: How to Turn a Devastating Loss Into the Best Thing That Ever Happened To You
Susan J. Elliott
Da Capo Lifelong Books
Eleven Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142



Books have a way of coming into your life when we need them the most. This past January I suffered a breakup that left an empty place in my heart. It was difficult ending something that I felt should have lasted longer than it did. Still hurting I wanted to jump back into another relationship, before I realized that I was not completely healed from the last one.

It was during the time of my breakup that I was asked to review Susan J. Elliott’s Getting Past Your Breakup: How to Turn a Devastating Loss Into the Best Thing That Ever. This one book was my lifeline in rebuilding my shattered heart. It showed me how to deal with the emotions I was experiencing, and how to move forward and discover how to not make the same mistakes twice.

What sets this book apart from other self help titles is the fact that the author has suffered the same type of heartache. The compassion her writing shows will quickly warm your heart. If you are getting over a failed marriage, or a breakup of a relationship, then this is the must have book that will get you past your pain and suffering.

Books like Getting Past Your Breakup: How to Turn a Devastating Loss Into the Best Thing That Ever Happened To You offers hope to those who are suffering. It will show you how to change a life altering experience into something that will change your life for the better.

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The Green Devotional: Active Prayers for a Healthy Planet
Karen Speerstra
Conari Press
Red Wheel/Weiser/Conari
65 Parker Street, Suite 7, Newburyport, MA 01950

Purchase:   http://redwheelweiser.com

“Ask yourself whether the dream of heaven and greatness should be waiting for us in our graves – or whether it should be ours here and now and on this earth.”

~ Ayn Rand

The world in which we live in is a majestic place to live. Its beauty can be found each day as the sun rises. In order to preserve this beauty it is our duty to respect our land and live by the philosophy that the way to love anything is to realize that it may one day be lost.

From the first pages of The Green Devotional: Active Prayers for a Healthy Planet you will discover a book that is a dedicated to showing how precious the earth is to our existence. It provides an overabundance of quotes, prayers, and chants that remind us to live ever hour to the fullest. The soothing mint green font that the book is printed in allows your eyes to relax as you begin to feel the peaceful presence that is encompassed throughout the pages.

One of the most fascinating articles I found in this book was written by Andrea Thompson and Ker Than, from their website LiveScience.com. It provides a timeline of what the earth will look like in the next 200 years. This timeline starts at 2008, and reveals shocking facts that have already come true since it was published.

The Green Devotional: Active Prayers for a Healthy Planet is a book that overflows with the beauty of the earth. It will give anyone a deeper appreciation for how precious the world we live in is; unless mankind realizes that they hold the power for future generations to experience this greatness the world as we know it could one day be in jeopardy.

Karen Speerstra’s writing has opened my eyes to how much I have to do to preserve our world for future generations. I feel others who read The Green Devotional: Active Prayers for a Healthy Planet will also gain an eye opening experience. This one book could literally change the way we live in our own existence.

{Midwest Book Review}

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Cross Country Chaos

Lesli Richardson

Book Stand



Kelly Alexander is a divorced mom with two sons.  Her younger son, Denny has spina bifida and is confined to a wheelchair.  Her heart breaks knowing that her son cannot participate in sports like his older brother Paulie. 

When Kelly learns of Junior National Disability Games, she sees it as a way for Denny to finally be able to have an opportunity to play sports using his wheelchair as an asset instead of an obstacle.  She knows the equipment he will need will be expensive, but she decides to pressure her ex-husband to come up with the funds needed since he has never volunteered to take an active role in anything Denny wanted to accomplish.

At a young age, Mart Rawlings suffered an injury that confined him to a wheelchair.  He doesn’t let his chair stand in the way of living his life to the fullest.  He is a successful business man, and also volunteers to coach disability games.  When he meets Kelly and her sons, he immediately offers to be Denny’s coach for the Junior Nationals.

Mart is captivated by Kelly’s beauty.  He finds her ability to see past his wheelchair to the man he is as a refreshing change from the usual women he meets.  Kelly’s marriage left deep wounds that still haunt her memory.  Will she be able to put the past behind her and take a chance on discovering love with Mart?Leslie Richardson has written one heartfelt book in CROSS COUNTRY CHAOS.  Just when you think the book can’t get any better it will, and totally takes you by surprise by the direction the story suddenly turns in a way you didn’t anticipate.  It is a pure joy to read and review books like CROSS COUNTRY CHAOS.  I find that I am able to gain a true appreciation for the talent of any author who is able to create such a moving disabled character.  Mart is a true hero; he is one that is assured to stay with you long after you finish the last page.

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