Reviews of GSP Authors BY GSP Authors, Readers and Friends
The Sidhe and the Dragon: Lost Jewel by SilverValkyre
Mahshon, the immortal prince of the elves,
must protect the land from all things, including dragons. His duty
brings him to faraway glens and lodges, ancient passes, and magical
forests. Along the way he meets beautiful young women but only one
lovely lady has captured his true heart. And that special woman is
nowhere to be found. As he answers a tricky dragon riddle, he finally
understands what she meant to him. But does his realization come too
SilverValkyre weaves an enchanting tale that
flows like lyrics to a love ballad. Her prose is graceful and ornately
decorated with rich description. Each word is a jewel to marvel at and
savor. The story whisked me away to another land. I could almost feel
the wind on my face and catch a glimpse of the ravishing elfish prince
as he turned my way. The Sidhe and the Dragon is an indulgence in magic
and passion, a real treat to read.
Author of the Seasons of Fantasy Series
Sselan: A Gift From
the Sea by SilverValkyre
This is a tender, yet tragic, love story. You feel the emotions of the woman as she meets and falls in love with this beautiful, mysterious man. He captivates her from the beginning. She soon finds herself loving him desperately, but insecure and afraid of losing him.
Her lover has a secret. He is a magical selkie and although he loves her, he is bound to the sea. It is the Sea's nurturing that keeps him healthy and whole. He cannot stay away from it indefinitely. To do so would kill him. So for some time, she accepts what he can give of himself to her, yet her acceptance is stymied by her jealousy and selfishness.
This story was addictive in that I could not put it down. Yet it was so sad, I found myself crying at the end. Even though I knew what would happen, I kept praying it wouldn't. A very well-written tragedy that draws you in and makes you ache for the lovers. I found myself furious with the woman. I hated her selfishness, but at the same time I felt for the loneliness she endured.
I look forward to reading about the Selkie's son, Sselan. I know there has to be a fantastic story in the works for him
―Shiloh Darke, Author of The Order of
Dozen Dreadfuls by Charlotte Holley
short story, A Dozen Dreadfuls, starts quietly enough with a tramp seeking whatever he can find in the city streets. But then he stumbles on a drug-dealers’ quarrel and wonders what to do. Ill-tempered discussion turns suddenly violent in most unexpected ways. Soon newspapers fill with reports of the dead and authorities urge their citizens to stay indoors after dark. Meanwhile critically acclaimed artist, Sam Forbes, reads the news and wonders if the impossible might be true.
Perhaps it wasn’t such a good idea to invite someone over at night with these monsters on the loose, but Sam ends up walking the scary streets in safety, while author Charlotte Holley creates a haunting atmosphere of guilt and fear behind the carnage.
The story’s short, a fine lunch-time read if your eating doesn’t mind some splashes of gore with that tomato sauce. And lessons are wisely learned in a pleasingly hopeful, and intriguing, ending. I really enjoyed my coffee and sandwiches, with a side-order of scary Halloween fiction. After all, it is October.
Deeth, Author of Refracted
The Eyes Have
It by Denise Bartlett
Set in modern-day Texas, this
macabre tale has a gothic feel to it. It’s a short story, so
it’s a quick read, but don’t think it will end when you put down
that last page. Bobby Knowles, jaded local sheriff and Elizabeth
Casey, his first love who he worshipped from afar, will tug at
the dark recesses of your mind long after you finish this tale.
Ms. Bartlett has a deft way with words, painting evocative
descriptions of her characters that leave the reader wanting to
know more. There’s lots of death in this piece; and death that
turns out to be not-so after all. I, for one, am hoping that Ms.
Bartlett turns this into a longer story so that some of those
questions knocking about in my mind can find answers.
|—Ann Gimpel, Author of Psyche's
|The Eyes Have
It by Denise Bartlett
It’s lunchtime on a wet autumn
day. I’ve made myself a warm drink. I sit down at the computer.
And what could be better than a nice short read to drive the
sound of rainfall on leaves away?
The Eyes Have It, by Denise Bartlett, fulfills the promise of
its attractive cover. Swirly green letters hover over frowning,
hypnotic emerald eyes. Inside, Sheriff Bobby Knowles is musing
on the differences between law enforcement and peace-keeping,
past and present, and love and loss. The writing draws the
reader into his thoughts and memories, just as the sheriff’s
moving hands draw images of long-gone beaches into waves across
But the waves in this tale have been cruel. Instead of a beach
there’s a rocky cliff. Instead of loving families there’s sorrow
and regret… and now this…
It’s a short, disturbing, intriguing tale with a green-eyed
sting in the tale, and it’s beautifully told. The Eyes kept this
reader thoroughly absorbed while her coffee went cold. But now,
lunchtime’s over. It’s time to go back to housework after
writing a quick book review and thanking author and publisher
for an enjoyable lunch-time e-read.
Deeth, Author of Refracted
Have It by Denise Bartlett
The Eyes Have It
by Denise Bartlett is a wonderful little mystery, packing quite
a punch for such a short story. It is well-written and engaging,
with great characters and an ending that is strangely
satisfying. I particularly like Liza, who is a mystery in
herself. This is a good creepy story for escaping with if you
like a good murder case!
Farrell, Author of The Cursed
|The Eyes Have It by Denise
A police officer’s life is never
without sacrifice as Sheriff Bobby Knowles fully understands.
Nor are the lives of those he serves.
Called to the house of a former high school crush, Elizabeth
Casey, Bobby finds her missing and presumed dead. Her young
daughter, Liza is left in the care of her cruel father. Three
years later, the death of her step-mother and her children calls
Bobby to the home once more. Now a grown woman, Liza finds her
father and his third wife brutally murdered in her childhood
Author Denise Bartlett paints a chilling picture of how far a
woman will go to find salvation. This electrifying short will
have you guessing to the very end.
Graff Vinson, Author of Love's Trust
|Lady of the Veils by M. L. John
|Lady of the Veils by M. L. John is a
captivating novel that grabs the imagination from the first
page. Woven fluidly between modern day and fantasy, the line
between reality and imagination easily slips away leaving the
reader wrapped inside a world that could easily exist. The
daughter of a Princess Dragonslayer turned corporate wife and
mother takes upon herself the task of ensuring her true love's
safety in a world where nothing is safe and little is as it
Fierce sword play, steamy love scenes oozing with the passion of
love that consumes the very soul, enchanted forests, and modern
day humor make this novel easily not only a must read, but a
story that will stand the test of literary time. In this humble
reader's opinion it is easily a five-star read, and I highly
recommend it. Pick up a copy, and be sure to clear some time.
Once you turn the first page you will be remiss to put it back
down until the last page has been turned.
|—R. M. McClaren, a.k.a.
R. M. Brandon, author of Witan Vid
|Spam Vs. the
Vampire by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough (a.k.a. K. B. Dundee)
This story has vampires. Good old-fashioned vampires, the evil kind that suck your blood. If arch villian Marcel invites you for dinner, expect to be main course.
There is a damsel in distress. Darcy, the cat loving website designer who has a thing for vampires, is delighted to meet Marcel and design a vampire dating website for him. Until he kidnaps her, locks her in a coffin and ransacks her house.
And of course, there's a handsome hero. He's gorgeous, clever and weighs in at eight pounds. Eight pounds? Yes. He's a cat. Even the bravest hero is going to have a hard time rescuing the lady when he doesn't have opposible thumbs.
Luckily, Spam has brains, and lots of friends. Between the retired police dog, the raccoon with a talent for burglary, the deer and the otters, tracking down Darcy shouldn't be too difficult. But that's before more vampires arrive, and Spam gets injured...
Spam Vs. the Vampire is a fabulous read, with a host of great characters, even if most of them are not human. Just be warned, you will never look at your house cat in the same way again.
|—Eileen Gormley, Reader and Author of
Don't Feed the Fairies
|Spam Vs. the Vampire by
Elizabeth Ann Scarborough (a.k.a. K. B. Dundee)
|This was a fun romp for anyone who
is owned by a cat (or cats). Spam is a wonderfully resourceful
feline who goes to great lengths to find and rescue his human
mama and his family. This book is also a cautionary tale about
internet dating. People are not always as they present
themselves online, but sometimes they ARE, which can be even
more dangerous when you think they were only role-playing.
Marcell has got to be the most pathetic vampire I have ever
read. It makes me wonder why he was turned, unless to provied
his masters with entertainment. He does try, but....
Maddog intrigues me. I hope he makes appearances in future Spam
After reading this, I have a new perspective on the occasional
deer that wanders through my yard, as well as our nightly
raccoon visits. It also helped that one of my FB and convention
friends, Eddie Coulter, posted pics of his recent trip to that
part of Washington, including Port Townsend, the town Port
Deception is based on. It gave a great visual reference.
I would reccommend Spam Versus the Vampire to readers of all
ages. And thank you, Elizabeth for answering why otters like to
poo on boats in the marinas.
A. Lowery, Author of Blood Curse
Fenella and the Magic Mirror by Mark Henderson
In ‘Fenella and the Magic Mirror,’ Henderson captures the tone and precision of language one would expect from traditional folklore, yet at the same time he infuses it with a contemporary, ironic humor. The Princess Fenella is a modern woman—and a bit of tom-boy as well ... living (literally) in a faerie tale world; she finds herself not merely “locked in a castle tower,” but “kept in durance vile”... but, no helpless maiden awaiting rescue, it is she who must escape to confront the dragon threatening the kingdom (and contemplating some rather cleverly disgusting recipes to use for his captives)—and it is up to her to save the knight!
“’WHO DARES INSULT FAFFER THE GREAT? YOU SEAL YOUR FATE! YOUR VOICE SOUNDS GIRLY AND THIN. HOW DID YOU GET IN?’ demanded the dragon in furious block capitals...”
While honoring the conventions of faerie tales, though in tongue-in-cheek fashion, this delightful fantasy is a fun read—but with (perhaps) a refreshingly, all-too-realistic ending...
|—Mishka Zakharin, Reader and Author of
The Spleen of Fiery Dragons, among others
Curse by Tamara Lowery
Viktor Brandewyne is not some ordinary pirate who simply goes after a treasure and beautiful women; he is also hard, but not evil, and known for his strength rather than the use of force. But this is about to change when Viktor is transformed into a vampire, at the same time forcing him to become a fighter who wants to defeat all odds and break free. In the course of his experience being a pirate and a vampire, everything he says and does led me to follow him through my thoughts and emotions on this incredible journey of new discoveries and unique struggles. And he has quite a few.
He races against his heart when he's around a beautiful siren named Belladonna. He also battles his vampire's hunger for blood when close to his friends and crew. The reason? Viktor didn't die and become a vampire, but was cursed to die slowly while leaving many bloodless bodies behind. He is very much aware that his human thoughts and feelings are imprisoned and tortured by this forcibly instilled vampire's desire. Therefore, Viktor decides to compete against time and find the Sisters of Power who will help him regain his old life.
Author Tamara Lowery beautifully describes Viktor as a man who suddenly loses control over his life. In Blood Curse, which Lowery creatively prepared for her readers, Brandewyne lives by erasing other people from the picture of life; at the same time, he disappears from the living world while trying to preserve his own life. Viktor's hunger for blood grows as his time runs short.
"A pirate's life has no guarantees save for a chance at an early death," (page 87). One thing is certain: he never gives up. Viktor experiences jealousy, lust, disappointment, fear and pain, and all those who are on his ship Incubus are exposed to similar sensations. What is uncertain for them all is who will reach shore alive.
Marinkovic, Author of Born in Sarajevo
Curse by Tamara Lowery
Book One of the Waves of Darkness
Viktor Brandewyne committed his first act of piracy at the
innocent age of eleven. However, there is nothing innocent about
Vik Brandee. He cares about no one but himself, save Old Mother
Celie, the witch who raised him.
Viktor overtakes any sea he sails with his loyal crew. He is a
man to be feared, a man to be hated. His reputation as a blood
thirsty pirate preceeds him, as does his appetite for the
wenches. When his lusting and killing has gone too far, Vik
becomes the prey when Mamaan Juma seeks her revenge, and Vik is
turned into a vampire by her voodoo curse. His only hope of
surviving is to search for the seven powerful Sisters whose
witchcraft can break the spell. But, they do not give of their
powers willingly, and Vik has many trials to pass before he can
bring their magic back to Mother Celie, and be cured.
Author Tamara A. Lowery is a phenomenal story teller. Her
magical web entangles the reader, and pulls them into her
pirate’s grasp. Her characters are vivid and real, making you
like even the most horrible of the lot. What woman would not
want to be held captive by Captain Viktor Brandewyne, the most
notorious pirate who ever sailed the seas?
‘Blood Curse’ is book one in the Waves of Darkness Series. Like
Viktor’s need for fresh blood, this fresh take on pirate/vampire
lore is one that will keep readers craving more. Will he find
the sisters in time? Read the series to find out. I know I
Graff Vinson, Author of Love's Trust
‘Nancy’ is a true coming of age story that
portrays the underlying issues of jealousy, fear and insecurity
in the young adult.
Nancy was the girl to be admired. She was the pretty one. She
always wore a kind smile for everyone she met. Hers was a life
any girl would want, but when her classmate found a letter Nancy
had written to her grandmother, the illusion of perfection
collapsed. The letter told of the true difficulties in Nancy’s
life. It revealed that what people saw on the outside was not
what it seemed. Nancy also had her troubles in life.
The author reveals the impact that true friendship has on our
lives. ‘Nancy’ is a story that indeed many young readers can
identify with. It is a tale of exposing one’s personal issues to
overcome the fear of being alone. One cannot receive without
first giving, and ‘Nancy’ teaches us that happiness is possible,
no matter the circumstance.
Graff Vinson, Author of Love's Trust
by Sarah Deckard
Journey by Sarah Deckard is a medieval fairy
tale with a modern message. Princess Victoria is betrothed to
her true love yet discontented, something she does not realise
until her prince rejects her and so compels her to embark on a
quest. She thinks she journeys to seek her lover, but she finds
herself on a journey of self-discovery. If “every girl's a
princess”, then every girl should read this story. This author
has something important to teach her heroine, and she makes the
lesson a pleasant one for the reader. Journey is a prettily
written, magical tale for any woman who's ever questioned a
“happily ever after” ending.
Farrell, Author of The Cursed
|Journey by Sarah Deckard
Sarah’s handling of conversation
and description is quite solid; her metaphors and similes,
enjoyable. When her heroine meets her fairy guardian, the story
takes on the feel of a fable and I think it works extremely well
as a fable - very original and really quite clever. I wanted to
see how the story would unfold after their meeting. And Sarah
does not disappoint. The way she weaves the story and characters
is very impressive. She maintains the feel of a fable right to
the end. Her story was a really good, really fun, read.
Dawson, Author of The Devil's Alibi
|Birds of a
Feather by Leslie Soule
This story is three times clever. Perhaps more than three. The
first inventiveness is the first person diary entries of the
imaginative Valley Girl, Alexis, who twists history and writes
her story to be presented as a class paper. The second
cleverness is forsaking the Valley Girl persona and thoroughly
restructuring real history to sound real her way. As an aside,
it seems only right that bird identifications—falcon,
kite, kestrel, sparrow and hawk—become the adopted
surnames of the story’s heroes and heroines of the French
Revolution, the birds of a feather of the story’s title. A third
bit of cleverness is regressing twenty-first century artifacts,
such as replacement batteries and pay-stubs, to the early
nineteenth century, and making them seem right and proper for
the times. This story is a fun fantasy but don’t utilize it as
research material for your history test. Just read it for the
pure enjoyment of the author’s nuances, the wonderful way she
turns a phrase, and her unfettered imagination.
Author of So You Want to be an Author?
"Georgia's Smile" was a pleasant surprise to me. She has packed
a lot into a well-paced, short romance. It could easily have
been expanded to novella or full novel length. There are four
characters, and each one is portrayed in such a way that makes
the reader react distinctively to them. The heroine draws our
sympathy. The hero draws cautious admiration. The friend IS the
reader, in a way, acting as guardian and moral support for the
heroine. And the villain is most definitely the villain, drawing
some fear and much loathing.
Lowery, Author of Blood Curse
Shenanigans by Violetta Antcliff
Patrick O’Malley was a man who
needed the care and love of a good woman. Set out to capture the
heart of the widow, Bridget Flynn, he finds himself the
recipient of his own master plan of marriage.
Author Violetta Antcliff weaves a lovely tale of respectable
courtship in the days of yore and the humanity of the times.
This is a story that will leave you with a warm heart and a
smile as you recall a few of your own Sneaky Shenanigans.
Graff Vinson, Author of Love's Trust
|Callie's Fate by Lee-Ann Vinson
Lee-Ann Graff Vinson’s story is a
mixture of anger, humor, vengeance and romance. The reader is
taken from the deepest valleys of despair to soaring heights of
happiness. Callie’s cheating husband, Donald is an unemployed
plumber and throughout the story, plumbing terms are applied to
things having nothing to do with plumbing.
Callie is a workaholic who, contrary to her dreams, has settled
for a husband who is not tall dark and handsome. The couple are
total opposites, and yet their marriage has lasted for fourteen
Callie returns from a business trip early to surprise her
husband on their anniversary. She arrives early in the morning
and observes a woman leave their house with a wrinkled skirt
after having obviously been there keeping Donald entertained.
Callie decides enough is enough. She drives away to a coffee
shop in anger and hurt, her life and marriage in a shambles.
I nearly choked on my own coffee with laughter at Lee-Ann’s
words when the Barista asks for her drink order. Callie invents
a new one. The one bright spot in her life is in the form of a
handsome Marine, but is he just a character in her steaming hot
Through Lee-Ann’s words you share Callie’s emotions of anger,
frustration, vengeance and humor. I highly recommend it to
Stills, Author of Forbidden Love
Love's Trust by Lee-Ann Graff
I’ve never read a
contemporary military romance before, but “Love’s Trust” was a
good way to start out. Strong plot and sizzling action.
This story wasn’t a typical romance. I’ve read a lot of romance
stories, but this is one of those that genuinely surprised me.
If you want something new; if you want a story with a compelling
twist and an antagonist who’s just messed up, but still want the
warmth of a happy ending and a budding romance, this is for you.
It was a genuinely good story, and like I said it was
surprising. There are some rough patches, but this story shone
where I least expected it. Pleasant surprises like that are
always worth the time/money of a new book.
Adorney, Author of Freedom
|Love's Trust by Lee-Ann Graff
I really enjoyed this
military-themed romance. Lee-Ann Vinson keeps the story crisp
and clean. There are four main characters, Daphne the heroine,
John the hero (in more than one way), Jenny the best
friend/moral support, and Jekholf the villain. Love's Trust is
more fleshed out than Georgia's Smile, also by Ms. Vinson. Mike,
a secondary character with only a brief appearance, is still
described in a way that makes him more than just a plot prop but
a believable character. I will admit that the villain seems
almost comically melodramatic at first, but the sad truth is
that there are men like him out there in real life:
narcissistic, power mad, delusional and just deranged enough to
act on their delusions.
I am not as familiar with military culture as I once was, since
I no longer live near any bases nor have close relaitives still
in active duty. However, going by news articles I have seen in
recent years and things I have heard from a former coworker who
pulled two tours in Iraq, I believe Ms. Vinson has an excellent
grasp of some of the troubles facing today's veterans and active
military personnel, and she has worked them into this romance in
a very believable and acceptable way.
Once again, I have to say MORE! This was great, but it could be
easily expanded on to make it novella length.
Lowery, Author of Blood Curse
It's Monday, It Must be Murder by Kathleen S. Allen
Mel is a cop without a job. She is
also a woman who never says die.
After taking a bullet to the spine during an investigation, Mel
can no longer work as a detective. When her best friend, Cindy,
is told her daughter has jumped to her death from the Tower
Building on her campus, Cindy and Mel suspect foul play. With
the bullet from the shooter still lodged in her spine, Mel
launches her own investigation that uncovers many unknown facets
of young Jessie’s troubled life.
Along the way, Byron, Mel’s former partner on the force and love
interest before the shooting, has come back into her life. When
investigation bears out that Jessie’s death was indeed a
homicide, Byron is the detective assigned to the case. Although
no longer privy to police business, Mel proceeds on her own,
managing to offend Cindy and her three other children in the
process. She can’t walk more than three steps without the use of
her cane, but Mel doesn’t give up her own search until it is
almost too late—for her.
Author Kathleen S. Allen sets the tone for a delicious murder
mystery indeed. Questionable characters keep the reader guessing
until the very end. It is always a delight to read a whodunit
when the murderer is not the character one would least suspect,
but one no one would suspect. Kathleen weaves a tale of intrigue
and catches her readers with their backs turned.
If It’s Monday, It Must Be Murder will bring out your inner
detective and urge you to read on until the case is solved. A
book definitely worth your time, and gray matter.
Graff Vinson, Author of Love's Trust
Good Enough by G. E. Stills
|Best friends, Trish and Sheila, set
out to go on a cruise to Australia. The mission: to find Trish a
man—not just any man—he needs to pass Sheila’s rewuirements of
being rich and sexy. Before they board the ship, Sheila manages
to disgruntle Jason, the man with the sensual, deep-blue eyes
who happened to peak Trish’s interest. In Sheila’s eyes, her
friend could do better.
A twist of fate intervenes. Trish gets a chance at redemption
when an act of sabotage leaves her stranded with Jason on a
deserted island. She learns Jason is just as beautiful on the
inside as he is underneath his dress shirt, and much to Jason’s
surprise, Trish is nothing like her loud-mouthed, vulgar friend.
Love is born from months spent in each other’s arms.
Upon rescue, Trish learns Jason is the wealthy heir and partner
in J. R. & Son, a very successful shipping company. Fearing she
is now not good enough for him, she disappears out of his life.
Jason is miserable when he finds there is no way to contact her.
His true love is a woman who doesn’t want to be found. Will he
ever find her, or has he lost Trish forever?
In ‘Not Good Enough’, Author G.E. Stills explores the
sensuality of self with this romantic love story. The depth of
his characters draws you in, making you feel each soul-searching
kiss. If you like to read about love in all the right places,
you need to read this book!
Graff Vinson, Author of Love's Trust
Awareness by Rowan Shannigan
|Awareness by Rowan Shannigan is a
fantasy like no other. She weaves ghosts, elves, angels and
demons effortlessly into her plot, while keeping the story real
by having them all interact with Becca, the main character, who
is desperately trying to get a handle on unseen realms she never
imagined really existed. At the same time, she's trying to
navigate her way through challenges that present themselves at
high school, while dealing with the many romantic possibilities
thrown at her.
A couple of shocking twists arise, one near the end of the story
that is sure to take the reader by complete surprise, as it did
me! "I was coming to accept this awareness not just as a gift,
but as a responsibility," Becca says, at one point. Throughout
all her strange experiences, she isn't certain she's up to the
tasks at-hand, but with the help of some very intriguing
characters—one quite hot, in fact--she gains confidence in her
newfound "awareness" and we are left wanting to see where the
next adventure will take her.
High marks to Rowan Shannigan for a novel that is both sexy and
exciting on so many unseen levels!
L. Pacelli, Author of Time Warped
|Awareness by Rowan Shannigan
|What if you
woke up in a hospital after being in a car accident and you
could see dead people? Not to mention other unworldly creatures
like demons and angels, and what if you had an evil demon after
you? And what if you are attracted to one of these creatures,
who just happens to be an elf prince? Yeah, this is Becca's new
life and she doesn't like it, not one bit.
This is a Young Adult novel written from the main character's
viewpoint and we get to see her world through her eyes. She is a
strong willed girl who is determined to make her life as normal
as possible. It's a fun read about a girl who has to accept
herself and come to terms with her life all the while preparing
for her junior year in high school! I recommend it!
S. Allen, Author of If It's Monday, it Must be Murder
|Awareness by Rowan Shannigan
When sixteen-year-old Rebecca
wakes up from a coma after a car accident, the scariest thing is
not the fact that she’s been sleeping for over a week, but
rather what and who she sees around her bed. A young boy walks
into her room with everyone else unaware of him and starts
talking to her. Is she mad, chosen for some strangely mystic
task, or is she just dismally unlucky? First of all though, how
can she silence the voices that won’t let her sleep? This
Rebecca is a very convincing, down-to-earth, teenaged girl.
Author Rowan Shannigan creates a fine collection of believable
characters, family and friends, plus a delightful ghost in
Rebecca's new sidekick—old for his appearance, but maybe not for
his years. The plot includes some surprising twists and turns
with overlapping worlds of ghosts, angels and demons, and even
elves. Okay, elves might seem odd, but well-drawn characters and
good timing give a sense of reality to the mix, convincing the
reader that further revelations will all make sense.
Rebecca’s love interests are nicely drawn too. Her school life
and friends dovetail pleasingly into her new awareness, and a
sense of responsibility to others gives a satisfying depth to
the story. The first of a series, the novel ends with a scary
set-up to volume 2, but still tells a complete and enjoyable
story of its own, with characters you’ll want to revisit as soon
as you can.
Author of Refracted
Warped by Tracey L. Pacelli
|Ever have a compulsion that's just
too hard to ignore? Every step closer to doing what you know you
shouldn’t do leads you closer to disaster, but you just can’t
stop yourself. Lanie has just such a compulsion. A little one
really; one she never thought would throw her entire world into
chaos, but it does. One thing leads to another until a fatal car
accident injures her and kills her adoptive mother. Next thing
she knows, she’s in the hospital, under observation . . .
because? Oh yeah, they think she’s NUTS! Or is she just being
When she successfully manages to escape the hospital . . . now,
THAT is when the real adventure starts! An elderly midget, a
freaky insane asylum, and a secretive roommate are just a few of
the things she encounters in the crazy roller coaster ride she’s
been thrust into. And for the love of God, why is
everything—from the furniture they sit on to the clothes they
are forced to wear—straight out of the sixties?
This story snagged my attention immediately and quickly became
one of those books I just couldn’t put down! It’s a mystery, a
fantasy, a romance, an adventure and a drama all rolled into
one. It’s a book I will definitely be reading again! If you’re
looking for a story that pulls you in and takes you on an
amazing journey—look no further! Here it is!
Shannigan, Author of Awareness
Silver House by Janet French
There is a Power thrumming through
the world author Janet French has created in The Silver House.
It is a mystical, magical thing, and there are those who can use
it; harness it. It is an important part of these people. It is
who they are. It is what they are. Because of this Power, they
are also in danger.
The Silver House begins in the middle of a battle. Some Mothers
and Sisters, citizens who have been trained or are in training
to use the Power, are trying to keep the children they are
protecting calm and happy in the midst of all the chaos. Other
Sisters are still searching the city at the beginning of the
story, trying to gather the children and bring them to the
safety of The Silver House. They must be kept safe from the
Zashrans, a sect of men who are destroying the city and seeking
to destroy the people who are able to harness and use the Power.
And all of this is JUST the first chapter!
This is not a book for someone looking for a nice relaxing read
to pass the time with. Oh, no! This story made me feel like I
was running a race! My body was actually tired, as if I had been
one of the poor children, running for my life with the help of
the two women who were able to harness the Power in their fight
to find a safe place for the survivors they had found. Yet, I’d
put the story down, do something else, and inevitably find
myself drawn back to it later, wanting more; needing more.
The storyline is excellent. Ms. French’s world and characters
are real and believable. I feel it is an Epic adventure, worthy
of being compared to Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Parts of it
are cruel and scary. There are moments in it where the reader
will be completely worn out and ready to cry. It expertly sets
the stage for the next book in the series and made me stomp my
foot, wanting more when I finally made it through. Definitely
worth five stars, and this reader is waiting with for the next
in the series!
Shannigan, Author of Awareness
Manor: Portal by Charlotte Holley
Liz and Kim are best friends.
Gifted parapsychologists, they are often called upon by the
police department to help in unsolved cases. While an invite to
an old friend’s birthday party has Kim performing psychic
readings for well-known celebrities, Liz is surprised to find a
man truly in need of their help.
Screen legend John Carter still looks ravishing in his now early
fifties, and is even more dashing in person, as Liz pleasantly
ascertains. Kim and Liz agree to look at a home owned by a dear
friend of his, which has been haunted since the death of its
original owner, Ben McCann, in the late 1700’s. The house is
unwelcoming by virtue of the strange occurrences and unfriendly
spirits. The two women agree to move into McCann's Manor in an
attempt to release the phantoms that walk the halls. Will they
be able to find out the true reason behind the torment before
another soul is taken by the Manor?
Author Charlotte Holley weaves a tangled web of deceit and
heartache. This book is intricately written and will have you on
the edge of your seat. She combines both the real and paranormal
worlds perfectly, drawing you deeper into the unknown. If you
love perplexing paranormal activity, you will definitely enjoy
the complex design of characters that make up McCann’s Manor.
Graff-Vinson, Author of Callie’s Fate
and Liberty by Lee-Ann Graff Vinson
This is a chick book, which a
manly man such as myself would never read intentionally.
Therefore all who read this review should understand it was
purely and under mostly accidental circumstances, that this book
mysteriously ended up in my stack of manly reading material. All
who read this review should know that reading this genre of book
was accidental, particularly if they are friends of my misspent
Having clarified those facts, I will state for the record that I
did read Love and Liberty by Lee-Ann Graff Vinson. I liked the
plot, enjoyed the author's style of writing and (don't spread
this around, please!) I also enjoyed the book. Now go buy your
own copy, forget who told you it was worth your time to read and
enjoy this good book for yourself.
Lucas, Former GSP Author
and Promises by Charlotte Holley
Have you ever loved someone so
much that you thought that you couldn’t breathe if you didn’t
see them again? What about the faith and love of a child, a love
so strong and so filled with the innocence of youth that
believes all things are possible? This story captures your heart
and mirrors what we all see in our daily lives. There are wars
being fought in far-off countries, where our young soldiers are
putting their lives on the line every day . . . and the families
who wait behind, sometimes fearing the worst.
A mixture of hope, and yet not daring, so that memories are
frozen in time. Wishes and Promises are what we hold on to in
the difficult times. This book makes you feel hopeful, like
really good things can happen. It was a great read. If you’re
looking for something to carry you through the Holidays and long
after, this book is for you.
Flames by Denise Bartlett
Through The Flames is a must read
for fans of Denise Bartlett's work! In this sequel we find out
what has been happening with the Allen family since the tragedy
we saw take place in the end of "Into the Fire". Unfortunately
for this close knit family, luck has not been on their side and
everyone's faith is tested as they wonder just how much more one
family can take. This book will open your eyes to the very real
possibility of injuries that athletes face. It's entertaining
author of Forgiving Jesse
Author Denise Bartlett really
walks her main character, Larry Allen, through the figurative
flames in this novel. A high school football star, Larry seems
to have it all--adoring fans, a loving girlfriend, great
prospects for a future in football. But he gets injured, and
moreover, we find every other member of his family has problems
that stretch the term dysfunctional. Still, Larry has faith and
a lot of heart, and copes the best he can while setting a good
example and enriching others' lives. Even his amazing strength
of character won't be enough, though, when he discovers his own
worst enemy is within himself. Mastering his burning inner
problem will require help from others.
In the midst of the current national debate on the safety of
football and concerns about the long term effects of repeated
head injuries, this novel brings an important message that
couldn't be more timely, and might even save lives. Obviously
written from the heart, this story will reach in and touch
yours. It's clear Denise Bartlett is subjecting her fictional
character to all the classic concussion symptoms in hopes that
fewer real people will endure them.
Read Through the Flames, and you'll share that hope too.
R. Southard, author of the What Man Hath Wrought Series
Larry is a quarterback who works
at being a strong person on a daily basis. He strives hard to be
strong in his faith, easy-going, and forgiving. His faith,
however, is about to be put to the ultimate test. It all begins
with a football game. Or actually a tackle that puts him into a
great deal of pain. Of course, he knows about the pain that goes
with football. He’s been playing for a while now and working
very hard to be good enough to make a name for himself which
won’t be overshadowed by his father, who plays professional
ball. He follows his coach and doctor’s orders as they examine,
and lecture him time and time again on the warning signs of
concussions and brain injuries.
But his own physical pain and recuperation are not all he has to
worry about. He has two brothers—one older, one younger—each
with his own issues. The boys have pretty much been on their own
this year because Dad is gone for the season; and Mom . . .
well, let’s just say Mom has her own issues too. Then his father
suffers an injury that brings the entire family back together,
which is good and not so good.
Larry tries to keep himself together and be the tower of
strength everyone is used to him being. Only, one way or
another, he keeps getting knocked down, both figuratively and in
reality. One injury after another finally begins to take its
toll, and soon Larry must accept that the one thing he always
wanted to do with his life, may no longer be an option.
Through the Flames is not my normal reading material, but having
a teenage son who likes to play football made me curious. Denise
Bartlett weaves a tale that is not only entertaining and
gripping, emotional and heart-wrenching, but also informative.
America’s favorite pastime sport is not the only cause of these
types of brain injuries, but many players suffer injuries just
like Larry and his father’s every year.
Of course, there is no way to avoid these injuries completely,
and no one is going to stop playing the game. Reading a book
like this, and learning more about the warning signs, can be a
good way to help avoid the danger by raising awareness. This
book is a keeper.
Shannigan, Author of Awareness
|Larry Allen is
a high school football quarterback who follows in his famous
dad’s footsteps, Robert Allen, a popular, maybe too popular,
football pro. Life is not as perfect where the grass is greener
and Larry’s family situation is way past dysfunctional, but
through it all there is a thread of enduring love and faith.
Larry is not even at the peak of his high school football
pursuits when he is sidelined by a serious injury to his brain.
Rather than take it easy and heal Larry sees all his hopes and
dreams being threatened by TBI, traumatic brain injury, and
becomes angry and frustrated, also symptoms of TBI.
You don’t need to know anything about TBI or football. The
author, Denise Bartlett, expertly draws the reader into the
world of high school football, to the point where you’re
standing on the 50 yard line with the players in the field. But
you also feel their pain, their hopes and their dreams for that
elusive college scholarship, and the lure of a megabucks
professional football career, and the grief when it becomes more
important than family, health and love. As Larry’s injuries
accumulate, his broken family pulls together for him, and as he
recovers they mend old hurts and misunderstandings. If Larry
Allen chooses to continue football instead of recovery it could
cost him the very things he loves.
J. (R. J.) Burroughs, Author of Myth of the Malthians
by Anne H. Petzer
|Zvonek 08 is
the most debonair spy in Europe and although he has only one
suit, it is always dapper. He and his clandestine cat associates
at Feline Intel have thrilling adventures in Prague and
sometimes elsewhere, heading off evil-doers at the pass. This
latest book is a thrilling addition to a delightful series
celebrating the adventures of a remarkable feline special agent
and his friends.
Ann Scarborough, Author of Spam Vs. the Vampire and
I have just finished reading this
fascinating book. I found the stories entertaining and
interesting. It is very well written with a mix of excitement
and mystery. I found myself looking forward to Zvonek’s next
adventure and the need to discover Metaxa and Clawdette’s
secret. My favourite story in the book was Operation Catwalk,
although they were all enjoyable. I find myself watching my cats
just a little bit closer now wondering what their real mission
is and if they are actually on some big adventure.
I recommend this book to all cat lovers, young and old, and
believe it would make a lovely gift for a child who enjoys
—Jennifer de Haas, GSP Friend
Childhood's Day by John B. Rosenman
This review is for: Childhood's
Day (Kindle Edition)
A most intriguing story line which I did enjoy. A young man who
has been troubled most of his life about the circumstances of
his father's death finds a way to return to his childhood and
unlock the reason he has been so tormented. I loved the story
which was well written and believable.
—Karen Ingalls's Reviews, GSP Friend