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Tovi the Penguin: goes away for Christmas (Volume 2)
Tovi the Penguin: goes away for Christmas (Volume 2)
by Janina Rossiter
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.50
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas trip, January 20, 2015
Janina Rossiter has written and illustrated a new book about Tovi the Penguin. It is a lovely Christmas story that you must read to your children. They learn that Christmas is not about getting a lot of presents, but about love and being with family and friends.
Tovi and his friends go on a Christmas trip, but a disaster happens – there is a storm and Santa can’t find them. They figure out a way to celebrate anyway. How the friends turn this adversity into a wonderful celebration is so very heartwarming and resourceful. Children and adults alike can find comfort and satisfaction in how the penguin friends celebrate Christmas without getting presents. The end of the story is going to make you cry and laugh with joy – it did me.
The brightly colored pictures are exactly illustrative of the story and children will love pore over them and imagine their own story. Good illustrations are a great way to encourage a child’s imagination and Ms. Rossiter does it beautifully.
Janina Rossiter studied Communication design in Hamburg, Germany then Janina worked as a packaging designer in both Germany and England. She then settled down as a freelance designer in Paris, where she currently lives with her husband and her young daughter, Malyn. She began illustrating and writing her books as a result of the arrival of her daughter. Soon, Tovi the Penguin was born and is now inspiring children all over the world.
Be sure to check out her other books about Tovi and his friends. Watch her website for adventures about Tovi and his friends.

Jonah Prophet
Jonah Prophet
by Jeff Hampton
Edition: Paperback
Price: $7.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jonah and the Whale - modern allegory, October 26, 2014
This review is from: Jonah Prophet (Paperback)
Jeff Hampton has written a wonderful allegory of the Old Testament story of Jonah and the whale. This modern interpretation of the parable puts Jonah in the belly of big business, in the form of a non-productive business that he, as a troubleshooter, is supposed to fix. What happens instead will make you think about the story in the Bible.
Jonah wants to show King Lord that he knows better, so he strikes out on his own. King Lord told him to go to the Ninevah Corporation, but Jonah does not want to.

“”…they’re a heartless, despicable business that deserves whatever trouble they’ve created for themselves.”

He wants a job that he thinks is more worthwhile. So he goes to Tarshish Manufacturing where everything he does is wrong, even though he knows it should be right. At this point, he finds out who is really in charge. What he does when he realizes this will make you understand the lesson taught in a modern context.

“…within forty-eight hours of King Lord’s call, Jonah was in the lobby of Ninevah Corp.”

His faith is tested as he learns that obedience is the way to peace.
Jeff Hampton has worked near corporate boardrooms in his capacity of news reporter. This is where he drew his thoughts of faith and doubt. He is a graduate of Baylor University and a long-time member of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas. He and his wife, LeAnn, live in the old downtown district of Garland

With Open Arms (The Cutteridge Family Book 2)
With Open Arms (The Cutteridge Family Book 2)
Price: $4.24

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5.0 out of 5 stars The love story of Callie and Jackson is teeming with misunderstanding ..., October 10, 2014
Cindy Nord’s book, With Open Arms, is the story of Reece Cutteridge’s sister, Callie Cutteridge. She has been running the family horse ranch, Dos Caballos, in the Arizona Territory since her brother left to fight in the Civil War. Then, unexpectedly, she is presented with new partner, Jackson Neale.

“Without removing his gaze, he reached into his frock coat. With the speed of a striking rattlesnake, an envelope appeared in his leather-gloved hand, then rose between them until level with her eyes. “The name’s Jackson Neale and this makes me your new partner.” ”

The story is exciting and filled with adventures that are reminiscent of Zane Gray’s Riders of the Purple Sage. The love story of Callie and Jackson is teeming with misunderstanding and passion. The two lovers both find differing explanations for each other’s words and actions, which lead to heartbreaking decisions made by each of them that rips them apart; then circumstances bring them back together.
Ms. Nord is a master at her chosen craft. She does extensive research on everything from clothing to the history of the old west culture. Her characters are all people you would like to know, especially if you lived in their era. You will be transported to the wilds of an 1866 western horse ranch and live within the unsettling society of the times. You will be thrilled as you continue to follow the Cutteridge family in With Open Arms.
Born into a family of educators, Cindy Nord moved from the southwestern Arizona desert to southwestern Indiana during her teenage years. After the birth of her two sons, she became a stay-at-home mom. At this point, she decided to try writing an historical romance with her own special twist. The result, No Greater Glory.
She is a veteran of Civil War reenacting and now writes about the history she used to “live”. She now lives in Indiana with her husband, Tom and two beautiful, spoiled Shelties.
A member of numerous writers groups, Cindy’s work has finaled or won countless times in chapter competitions, including the prestigious Romance Writers of America National Golden Heart Contest. Her debut novel, No Greater Glory was a USA Today Lifeblog Recommended Read, #1 Civil War Romance at Amazon for eleven straight months and a finalist in the 2014 NTBF Book Awards.

One Wrong Move - Can Kill
One Wrong Move - Can Kill
by Fields Smith Elaine
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.86
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling True Crime, September 25, 2014
Elaine Fields Smith’s extensive research into the 1991 Capital Murder trial of Genero Camacho, Jr. is reflected in her novel, One Wrong Move Can Kill. Her research is taken from interviews and the wealth of information she found in the actual court transcript. Her interest in this Texas crime was instigated by her wondering about a person she knew who was involved. Character names were changed to protect the identities of those who wished to remain anonymous. This true crime novel details crimes that are completely fact based where characterizations, backgrounds and dialog are the tools Elaine Fields Smith used to create this hair raising and disturbing tale. This novel takes you to the places where the various crimes took place and makes you feel as if you are there with the culprits and cops.
What happens when a drug deal goes bad? Mayhem ensues. When a dealer does not pay the narcotrafficker for drugs he sold, he and his family are put into dire jeopardy. There is the essential chase by all involved and the final catch. Then, the trial.
You don’t want to miss this exciting story, whether you were in the North Texas area when it happened and you want to read about what you missed or if you were not there and just like true crime novels.
Elaine Fields Smith is an author/publisher living in Central Texas. A non-tattooed lady motorcyclist, dog lover, and horticulturist, she, even after all these years, still drives a fast car and loves to go ridin’ around.
She describes herself as “a Texas native born to Missouri and West Virginia hillbillies, my roots run deep. Friends are very important to me and play a pivotal role in my writing...” She lives in Central Texas with a husband of more than 32 years, four dogs, two cats and 82 acres, life is good!

The Star Giver: A legend from the far, far north
The Star Giver: A legend from the far, far north
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully illustrated legend, September 25, 2014
There is nothing as sweet as a child who asks questions about the world around him or her. “Why is the sky blue?” “Where do babies come from?” are the two that immediately come to mind. In this case, Little Bear wants his mother to tell him where the stars come from. It gives her a chance to tell him a Native American folktale that will entertain him as well as relate a fascinating story..
With beautiful l illustrations done in Native American colors, Mrs. Nielson illustrates the story, as it unfolds through the word of Mother Bear and the imagination of Little Bear.
The Star Giver holds the stars close until night, when it is time to release them, then waits until morning to finish his task. You will love sharing this story with your children at bedtime, as well as any other time of the day. And she tells you to look for the “secret on the last page of this book”. What is it? You need to get the book to find out.
From her website: “Ginger Nielson lives at the top of a hill, near the edge of a forest in semi-rural New Hampshire, USA. There is a magic wand on her desk, a dragon in her basement, and a tiny elephant in her studio. Everything else is nearly normal.” Sounds like a great place for her imagination to run rampant through the wonderful, imaginative stories that she illustrates, whether that of her own or another writer.

The Noticer: Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective
The Noticer: Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective
Offered by HarperCollins Christian Publishing
Price: $2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars the people Jones helps are persistent in their determination to find the best path to take in their life, August 27, 2014
Have you noticed someone who might need help? Andy Andrews has. He relates his encounter with a wise, mysterious man named Jones (or is it Garcia or Chen?) He was different to different people.
Jones seemed to be at the right place at the right time, always carrying a suitcase full of what he needs to help each individual. Andy met him at the lowest time of his life. Jones (not Mr., just Jones) spent time with Andy. Through probing questions, discourse on life and books, he helped Andy change his perspective and find a way to change the direction of his life.
As time passed, Andy saw Jones several times, sometimes to help him and sometimes to help others. The Noticer by Andy Andrews will make you think, frustrate you and possibly give you some answers to some of life’s questions.
Persistence is the watchword in this thought-provoking novel. The author is persistent in his attempt to make the reader think; Jones is persistent in his effort to change people; the people Jones helps are persistent in their determination to find the best path to take in their life. The reader does not have to be persistent in reading this book as it flows naturally to the answers to life. I can’t imagine it not making a difference in your life – it did mine.

As Jones said in a note to the people he helped, “I am not gone. I will be around. The best is yet to come.”

Andy Andrews is a best-selling novelist and corporate speaker for the world’s largest organizations. He has spoken at the request of four different U.S. Presidents and at military bases worldwide. He lives in Orange Beach, Alabama with his wife Polly and their two sons.

Blood Profit$: The Lithium Conspiracy
Blood Profit$: The Lithium Conspiracy
by J. Victor Tomaszek
Edition: Paperback
Price: $17.47
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5.0 out of 5 stars Conspiracy for profit, August 27, 2014
The co-authors of this book, Blood Profit$, James N. Patrick, Sr. and J. Victor Tomaszek have teamed up to write a chilling novel of the machinations of the CIA, high government officials, the Mafia and Wall Street traders who attempt to take advantage of a global conspiracy. Three inexperienced friends work together to upset a scheme that would shake up the whole world if it succeeded. The people involved are, at first, incredulous that something of this magnitude could happen, then determined to upset the plans of some very degenerate characters.
Each of the young people involved, AJ Morales, a newly elected U.S. Congressman, Charles Prendergast, a young up and coming businessman in a suspect organization and Julia Abbott, a hand-picked lobbyist for that same organization have their own reasons for foiling the conspiracy.
This fast paced, enthralling novel will hold your attention throughout. It is reminiscent of the books of authors such as James Brown and James Rollins. I am looking forward to more of the works of these two fine authors. Be sure to put Blood Profit$ at the top of your “to read” list.
James N. Patrick, a political scientist for many years, is a former Washington insider, campaign manager and expert in world political and business affairs. He has made numerous radio and television appearances over the last 25 years; discussing and predicting social, economic, political and business change. He now lives on his alpaca ranch in Denton, Texas, and owns the Old Irish Bed and Breakfast.
J. Victor Tomaszek is a published novelist, amateur opera singer, former Vietnam era USAF Air Rescue airborne firefighter and has lived in Europe and Asia for extended periods. He believes his exposure to numerous cultures adds unique color and spice to his novels. He has performed in historical reenactments, and can ride and shoot from the saddle with the best of them.
He and his family breed alpacas in the far northwest Chicago suburbs.

The Phantom Ranger and the Skateboard Gang
The Phantom Ranger and the Skateboard Gang
by James Reasoner
Edition: Paperback
Price: $8.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ghosts and Skateboards, July 12, 2014
James and Livia Reasoner, a husband and wife team, wrote a ghostly, riveting young adult novel. They take the reader down an exciting trail of imagination and mystery.
Codi Jackson has lived in a lots of new places because her father frequently changed jobs. She now has a chance to become a part of a group, if there is not another job change in her father’s future.

“She fell in with them, heading down the street, listening to their chatter and laughter. She didn’t take part any more than she usually did, but she still felt like part of the group for the first time. It was a good feeling.”

Codi’s history teacher assigns Keith Wright as her partner for a history project about the Texas Rangers. To help with the project, her grandmother sends her a box of artifacts that belonged to her great-great grandfather who had been a real Texas Ranger. What she learns about her ancestors makes the project more and more interesting. She discovers that she was named after her legendary Texas Ranger ancestor, Cody Jackson. Imagine her surprise when she picks up the Ranger’s badge and feels the heat it generated. Even more surprising is the appearance of her great-great grandfather’s ghost.
After the initial shock wears off, Codi cautiously accepts the presence of the Phantom Ranger. Later they work together to try to solve a crime spree perpetrated by teens on skateboards at the local mall. Read the book to see if they succeed.
Teens will love the independence of the kids in the story and the underlying mystery mixed with some ghostly humor. I think anyone would enjoy this quick, exciting read. Be sure to get it and find out what happens to Codi, Keith and a spectral Texas Ranger.
James and Livia Reasoner have been professional writers for more than 30 years. They write as individuals and as a team. They write in several different genres and have garnered several awards, including the Peacemaker Award, the Private Eye Writers of America award and the America Mystery award collectively. Their websites are and

Ministry and Moonshine
Ministry and Moonshine
by Fred L. Funk
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars East Texas Ministry, June 26, 2014
This review is from: Ministry and Moonshine (Paperback)
Fred Funk has captured the lifestyle of East Texas in his book, Ministry and Moonshine. He recounts the sometimes funny, sometimes sad and very interesting story of Matt Reynolds and his young wife, Beth, as they begin their life in the Methodist ministry in Pruett, TX. Based loosely on real events, this story will make you laugh, cry (maybe not literally) and hold your breath.
The young couple meet new friends, gossips, moonshiners, adulterers and even a convicted murderer. They discover many hidden secrets in this small East Texas community through the lives of its people. There is even an element of “ghostly” happenings. You will want to read this story, but before you put it down for the last time, have another one of Fred’s books waiting next to you at your favorite reading spot.

“Matt and Elizabeth came to the end of a long, exasperating day. They had started their journey that morning with excitement and enthusiasm about the upcoming new chapter in their lives. As they both drifted off into a troubled sleep in the old parsonage they wondered if they had made a terrible mistake.”

Fred Funk has written this book from personal experiences. He started out as a Methodist minister in East Texas and later switched careers to accounting and finance. He is an active member and former president of the Denton Noon Kiwanis Club. Now retired, he lives in Aubrey, Texas with his wife, Dana, of fifty plus years. They have two daughters and a son, seven- grandchildren, and one great-grandson.

Dark Secret (A Mark Ingram Adventure) (Volume 2)
Dark Secret (A Mark Ingram Adventure) (Volume 2)
by Doran Ingrham
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.49
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5.0 out of 5 stars Explosive action from Mark Ingram and his team, June 12, 2014
Doran Ingrham's novel, Dark Secret, his newest Mark Ingram novel, sizzles with more intrigue, excitement and, yes, wit. When Mark Ingram takes on a contract to provide security for wealthy Joris Barnhardt and his family, he has no idea of what will be discovered. What are the secrets unearthed by Mark Ingram and his team? A must read for all readers.

""Here's the deal...I bring in my team. We live on the grounds...all expenses paid. You and your wife will do as we say...when we say.""

Mark assembles his team to protect Barnhardt and his family. They learn a lot about their wealthy employer that is unexpected, but they continue their protection until the end.
In the middle of the adventure and excitement, they also free a couple being held for ransom.
You will be intrigued by this whole adventure from beginning to end. The main plot and sub plots are filled with explosive escapades and humorous dialogue. It keeps your attention all the way to the end.
As a retired librarian, I know that libraries are always looking for books that will hold the attention of the reader. Dark Secrets does just that. I consider Mr. Ingrham to be an author in the same class as Tom Clancy, W.E.B. Griffin and Larry Bond.
Doran Ingrham's former life included the USMC, Risk Management/Close Security Specialist and extensive experience dealing with terrorists. He has appeared in commercials, TV and films. He now lives with his wife in an undisclosed location.
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