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Lady Gabriella
Lady Gabriella
by Donnette Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.28
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!, August 26, 2008
This review is from: Lady Gabriella (Paperback)
In the late 1700's a King fell in love with a mistress named Gabriella, he gave her a beautiful stone encased inside of a locket. When the king discovered Gabriella sleeping with another man he had both of them killed for the betrayal. The stone is said to reach into its owners heart, bringing to life their deepest desire.

Nicole Valentine lived a life of abuse from her mother and neglect from her father. Her mother found one reason to kick her out of the house for good and she did just that, convincing Nicole's father that she had betrayed him. Nicole was left to find her own way in the world at such a young age, who knew she would turn out to be a successful journalist.

Returning home after eleven years seemed foreign to Nicole; but she had to be there for the reading of her father's will. Her father died of prostate cancer, so it seemed fitting that he left his entire fortune to The Fight For Cancer Foundation. That infuriated her mother, but not nearly as much as what was left to Nicole.

Detective Bay Dalton was paid to seduce Nicole and find the whereabouts of the locket, it was never in the deal to fall in love with her. Investigating this case seemed to be full of secrets; Nicole's birth mother was not the evil mother she lived with all those years, and her birth father was actually her uncle.

Everyone wanted to get their hands on the Lady Gabriella, no matter whose life was at stake. When Bay was shot, Nicole only thought the worst. There was no way the man she loved would come walking to her ever again. Is there a happy ending to this story? When all the secrets start to leak out it all begins to make sense to Nicole. Her whole life had been a lie.

Ms. Smith's novel Lady Gabriella was a joy to read, it was full of mystery, romance, and a couple of unexpected twists. It seemed odd for me to believe that the Detective could behave the way he did toward a client in the beginning. He should have tried to earn her trust first instead of trying to seduce her the very moment they met. I recommend this novel to anyone looking for a good read. 4 Hearts is the perfect rating for Lady Gabriella.

September Dawn
September Dawn
by Carole Whang Schutter
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars September Dawn, August 22, 2008
This review is from: September Dawn (Paperback)
September Dawn by Carole Whang Schutter is in my opinion a Romeo and Juliet type novel, two nineteen year olds fell in love and would let nothing come between them. It is not just a love story mind you, it is about the Mountain Meadow Massacre in the year 1857. Based on some true events, and even turned into a movie, September Dawn is out to show the truth of what may have happened over 150 years ago between two religions.

Jonathan Samuelson was the son of a Mormon Bishop and the girl he was head over heels in love with was the daughter of a Christian Pastor. Now you know back in the day these two religions could not mix without a huge uprising. And the Mountain Meadow Massacre was a huge uprising! With the journals now in hand, the story must be told to all of the family that will listen in hopes that they will uncover and understand what exactly happened in Utah so many years ago.

September Dawn was a book that really gets you thinking, I don't know what I would have done if I were put in some of these positions had I lived back in the year 1857. Love is love and you can't help who you fall in love with. Sometimes the book was a bit slow to keep my attention, although it all came together at the very end. 3.5 Hearts

Courage in Patience: A Story of Hope for Those Who Have Endured Abuse
Courage in Patience: A Story of Hope for Those Who Have Endured Abuse
by Beth Fehlbaum
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!, August 22, 2008
Courage in Patience is the perfect title for this book. Starting at the age of nine, Ashley Asher was sexually abused by her stepfather. It took her six years to tell her mother what was going on, and when she did her mother did not believe her and stayed by her husband's side. Ashley had never really met her biological father, but she was about to.

David Asher had a wife and a son, and was on his way to get Ashley as fast as he could. He was unsure of the mental state she would be in, but he would do everything in his power to make her feel loved and be as normal as possible. Ashley was subjected to sexual abuse, emotional abuse, racism, hate crimes, and a myriad of different feelings that no fifteen year old should have to "live" through. She is also about to make the first friends, without fur (besides Lisa) that she has ever known.

In this book, Courage in Patience, you will find yourself angry, hurting along with Ashley who is telling the story, and you will find that tears will leak from your eyes more than a handful of times while reading. Beth Fehlbaum has captured the heart and soul of the reader with her words, and this book, I would recommend to anyone in this world!
5 Hearts

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Only 1 Will Speak
Only 1 Will Speak
by Kolayah-KeeVan Wilson
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.95
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4.0 out of 5 stars Poetry, August 21, 2008
This review is from: Only 1 Will Speak (Paperback)
Only 1 Will Speak by Kolayah-KeeVan is a collection of short poems from what I am assuming are experiences in his own life. You will find some are short sweet and to the point, and others are very detailed.

With poetry I can not jump into the author's life, but more their mind. I see a person who has hurt, but overcome some roadblocks in his life. If you're into reading life experiences expressed through poetry, then this is a book you will enjoy. 4 Hearts


Only Mortals Can Be Heroes: A True Story about Drug Addiction
Only Mortals Can Be Heroes: A True Story about Drug Addiction
by David J. Weaver
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Drug Addiction, August 19, 2008
Only Mortals Can Be Hero's: A True Story About Drug Addiction by David J. Weaver

David Weaver had to endure the pain inflicted by his son, Adam for 12 years. Twelve years of Adam stealing, hocking, and doing drugs was enough to make a person insane, but David held on, he wanted the best for his son, he believed in him the whole time but quickly grew tired of Adam's lies and thievery.

Adam Weaver had been incarcerated, beaten, and left on the streets because of his drug addiction. He stole from everyone, his friends, family, and he can never earn their respect back. His Grandmother's wedding rings were pawned for a few rocks of crack, his Dad's TV, Stereo, and insurmountable amounts of cash all ended up in the same place; a drug dealer's hands or in Adam's nose or veins.

He tried to undergo treatment at St. Jude's but found himself back in the same mess. His father has done more than any one person could ever imagine for his son, and then to end up right back at square one all over again is so disheartening. I can honestly say at first I was feeling sorry for Adam, but the further on I read and the more he slipped back into the same old routine, I just continued to get more angry.

I did applaud Adam for seeking out the help, but I just couldn't help not feeling sorry for him anymore after stealing his brother's guitars for the third time, stealing money from his father's hiding place, and hurting his Grandmother in such a way. Adam thought death would be the best thing for him, but there was a reason he was put on this earth... I hope he has found it.

Only Mortals Can Be Hero's is told by Adam Weaver but as his father, David Weaver says in the beginning of the book, " ...he used my pen." This is a very real look at what cocaine and heroine can do. A twelve year struggle, and very few positive results lay within these pages. It is not what I would call a self help book, but more of peek into a drug addicts life. Do I think this would help an addict? No, but someone that has beat the addiction could sympathize with Adam. 4 Hearts

Dragon's Blood: Denicalis Dragon Chronicles - Book One
Dragon's Blood: Denicalis Dragon Chronicles - Book One
by MJ Allaire
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Do Dragons Exist?, August 16, 2008
When Tonia, Diam, Nicho, and Micah go to explore the hidden cave that Tonia and her best friend Diam discovered the day before, they would literally discover a whole new world. A world filled with wonder, mythical creatures, glowing stones as well as skeleton bones.

The explorers are faced with many decisions and find stones along the way that will lead to a portal. The portal will only open when all of the glowing stones are combined, and only one person can make this happen. When Muscala, the giant cave snake is right behind them, getting ready to make them his meal... it vanishes. Muscala is vexed with the group after they tricked him into believing they actually did possess the Dragon's Blood.

A world of dragons as the story is told lies in wait... don't miss out on book II of the Denicalis Dragon Chronicles.

MJ Allaire pens an interestingly inventive young adult read with her book Dragon's Blood, book One in the Denicalis Dragon Chronicles. The children at times come face to face with their fears as well as discovering what lays in wait inside each new cavern the group explores. A fun frolic in the land of fantasy, Allaire paints a vivid picture with her words that I am sure most young adults will love. 4 Hearts

The Prisoner: Denicalis Dragon Chronicles - Book Two
The Prisoner: Denicalis Dragon Chronicles - Book Two
by MJ Allaire
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Step into the world of fantasy, August 16, 2008
After falling through the portal to an unknown world, the children find themselves separated. The girls remain together but they have no idea where the boys are. When they come upon a selfish monkey, that is just the beginning of the journey.

Everyone is heading East to the castle in their separate groups, along the way they meet new creatures that either help or hinder their journey. Someone from their past is waiting in the shadows, ready to claim something that the children no longer have possession of.

Dragons are very real, and it looks like Tonia is about to live out her fantasy. Micah and Nicho are reunited in the valley of the yarnie cats. And someone or something has the prisoner of Defigo castle questioning his sanity. Everyone must work together to save this new world from the darkness that is looming all too near.

The Prisoner by MJ Allaire is the second book in her Denicalis Dragon Chronicles. With the first book fresh in my mind, this was an easy to follow story. I think that even if you read book one months before you would be able to pick up right were the first book left off. This again is a perfect young adult read, it is filled with action, adventure, and even a dragon love story... what's not to like? 4 Hearts

Fiscal Fitness: 8 Steps to Wealth and Health from America's Leaders of Fitness and Finance
Fiscal Fitness: 8 Steps to Wealth and Health from America's Leaders of Fitness and Finance
by Jack LaLanne
Edition: Paperback
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prepare yourselves for the future, August 11, 2008
Fiscal Fitness is a collaboration between healthy physical fitness as well as financially fit for the retirement age. Jack LaLanne and Matthew J. Rettick come together in their book to, in some way warn those that are approaching retirement age or even those in their 30's. If you are not in good physical condition you will end up missing out on the "golden years", and if you are not financially prepared you could out-live your savings and assets leaving behind a mountain of debt.

Jack LaLanne is known as The Godfather of Fitness, he is going strong at 94 years old, working out twice a day and is a firm believer that with the right eating habits and exercise routine you could add an extra 20-25 years to your life. He tells you how to access your assets and liabilities with short easy exercises that will help jump start your body.

Matthew J. Rettick is the Founder and CEO of Covenant Reliance Producers, LLC and he has experienced first hand at what can happen if you succumb to the over-buying, charging everything to credit, as well as seeing how quickly money can diminish if you're forced to go into nursing homes or other types of medical care. He has devoted his life to making sure that retiree's know how to make their money last longer, and stay financially stable.

I couldn't think of any people better to come together in writing this type of book. Both are hugely successful in what they do, and seem to really care about not just those that are now retired but those that really don't know how to go about saving and making themselves healthy. Included in Fiscal Fitness, you will find exercise tips, eating the correct foods, investing tips, long term health care advice as well as advice on how to make life a little less stressful. I wouldn't completely call this a `self-help' book, but it is a very nice guide book for those that really are looking for ways to enjoy their life, and make it last a little longer. On a side note I really appreciate the glossary, there are terms that I had no idea what they truly meant, and the glossary made those words very easy to understand. 5 Hearts

Sirat: Through the Fires of Hell
Sirat: Through the Fires of Hell
by Tamara Wilhite
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.06
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sirat, August 8, 2008
While out searching for a new habitable planet, the space craft, the Archer saw a planet that had a few similarities to Earth. The only problem was from their view, they saw a planet covered in ice, as well as erupting volcano's. The planet, now named Sirat is going to be the crew's new home due to the meteor shower that is supposed to last around 1 to 2 years rendering them helpless to leave the planet.

The crew can not survive on the resources of the ship for that long, so they are forced to find a place to land and do their best to survive. Disease, unknown viruses, bacteria, plagues, and food shortage are all major downsides to being forced to land on this planet. Even the issue of child-support is mentioned as well as more population needed.

The Clans can marry more than one person at a time, but there are strict rules at times when it comes to joining a clan as Jensen will discover. And then there is the issue with nanites, they can be helpful at times but deadly in others. There are also mentions of DNA reconstruction with these nanites in order to help growing fetus'.

Sirat: Through The Fires Of Hell by Tamara Wilhite is a futuristic science fiction novel that is very well thought out, and well written. I admit at times I got confused because a name was used more than once for a different person(named after family members), but besides that it was a quick read. It is a very real possibility that if all of Earth's resources run out, we may need to seek another planet sometime in many many lifetimes away. If you're into science fiction, pick up a copy of Sirat, you will enjoy it. 4 Hearts
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Delete This at Your Peril: One Man's Fearless Exchanges with the Internet Spammers
Delete This at Your Peril: One Man's Fearless Exchanges with the Internet Spammers
by Neil Forsyth
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gut Busting!!, July 29, 2008
Delete This At Your Peril: One Man's Fearless Exchanges with the Internet Spammers by Bob Servant

I swear on everything funny that this book is hysterical! I honestly laughed out loud numerous times while reading the email exchanges between Bob and the Spammers. I couldn't help but wonder if the gypsies really did steal Bob's ladders and if he ever found his talking lions. You must read the book to understand.

Bob Servant converses with those annoying spammers that tell you that you can have a percentage of their profits if you send them some money by western union and all of your banking details. He also talks with a Russian female that is quite attractive, leading her to believe he is a 62 year old man and she is saying she would love to come to Scotland to be with him. He sends them pics of other people and then tells them unfathomable tales about why he can't send the money after he has built a friendship of sorts.

Bob Servant truly is a one of a kind, he really does make you laugh and teaches these spammers a lesson. Being from Scotland, it seems everyone wanted to give him some money but they needed a grand or two from him to get started. This was an incredibly funny book, I would love to see more of these messages in a book two. It was a simply written book, just messages back and forth but I have to say it was a gut busting kind of read!! 5 Hearts

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