Tamie lives with her very romantic husband of thirty-one years. Although their daughters are grown and married, they've never had an empty nest. The house is constantly full of young people. Some are temporary residents. Some come to share meals or swim. Some just come to hang out. But the constant flow of young folks in and out of the house brings joy and excitement to the home, and inspiration to the writer.
Tamie met her husband as a freshman in college when she acted out of character on a whim. One night in the library lobby, she spied a cute guy with his first name written on the back of his shirt. She called out his name. When he approached to talk to her, she pretended that she'd met him before, asking about his classes and how he liked college. To her surprise and delight, he also pretended that he knew her, but of course he didn't know her name. They continued this false relationship for two months. Each time they saw each other,an event which occurred three times per week at the cafeteria, he would pretend he knew her. Meanwhile, all of Tamie's friends were careful not to reveal her name to him. When he finally admitted his ignorance of her name, he was astonished to learn the truth. And the rest is history.
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Best Foot Forward: A Romantic Comedy
Grace is spicy, fun, and little crazy. Though she encourages others to find love, she's terrified to commit. She brakes up with Brad, but immediately regrets her decision and wants him back. But klutziness, bad luck, a mischievous brother and a terrible shrew are a recipe for disaster. Laugh out loud on your way to happily-ever-after with Brad and Grace as she tries to put her Best Foot Forward!
Best Laid Plans: A Romantic Comedy
Bk 3: Josh needs a wife right away, and after waiting for Charlie for two futile years, he can’t afford to wait any longer.
By the time Charlie realizes she’s in love with Josh, it’s too late for them to be together. So she sets out to help him find happiness in someone else’s arms.
Soon almost everyone is plotting and planning at cross-purposes, trying to convince Josh whom he should marry.
The Best is Yet to Come
This free novella is a prequel and adjunct for Her Best Match, fun to read before or after the novel. It is a short look inside the head of billionaire Steven Gherring, who likes to control everything in his life. But just when he thinks nothing could ever surprise him, he meets Anne Best. His response to her surprises even himself! This is a quick read with sassy characters and lots of laughs.
Alora: The Wander-Jewel
Alora is a normal 15-year-old girl in rural Montana. One day while showering, she sees the image of a boy with long brown hair and intense green eyes.
Her vision is the start of a great adventure in a realm of magic and gifts with a man full of evil power who will use any means possible to control or kill her.
Will she choose the safety of her home or a destiny in a home she never knew existed?
Best Dating Rules: A Romantic Comedy
Emily Best is about to discover just how hard it is to stick to her own rules.
The Best family has a whole set of rules about dating. But when Spencer comes into Emily’s life, the rules start to unravel.
Spencer has a reputation as a player, but he has a secret. (He's never kissed a girl!) He's been waiting for the right one, and he’s certain that girl is Emily. But he won’t admit the truth.
Her Best Match: A Romantic Comedy
Anne Best is a 45-year-old widow with two grown daughters who leaves her boring life in Weatherford, Texas for a new life and new job in NYC. She lands a job working for Steven Gherring, 50-year-old billionaire owner of Gherring Inc.
As a veteran matchmaker, Anne joins forces with Gherring's fiesty grandmother to find a wife for Steven.
Lots of fun and laughs, a few surprises, a happy ending.
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- The High Duties of Pacia: The Complete Saga
on Jan. 21, 2014
This is an intricate tale with meticulously planned details. I love fantasy and have read a lot of this genre, but I must admit that my tastes run toward lighter Young Adult Fantasy. This book is much more like something Tolkien would write. It’s not that the characters are like Tolkien’s in any way. Craton’s characters are totally unique and quite refreshing. There are no elves or dwarves or wizards, but instead there are inventive semi-human creatures and Sisteres that can compel the mind. There is a plentitude of magics and powers, all quite original and interesting.
There are a great many characters and concurrent story-lines, so the reader must pay close attention or be totally lost. Again, like Tolkien, Mr. Craton gives details about all of the characters, both good and evil, along with political plots and plans and battles. For me, the concentration required was tiring and the battle particulars extreme, thus the only reason I would give this book four stars rather than five. But anyone who loves detailed epic fantasy sagas would love this book. So I would highly recommend this book to boys, both young and old. However, the main characters provide a rich relationship story with just a hint of romance, so there is plenty to keep a girl like me intrigued.
The High Duties of Pacia: The Complete Saga is a compelling fantasy adventure and a bargain at three books in one!
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
- The Olivia Brynn Collection Volume 1
on March 16, 2014
Hot, hot, hot! And fun, fun, fun!
- Prince of Malorn
on May 31, 2014
I've read a lot of YA books. I've gotten rather tired of all of the YA books with vampires and werewolves, and all of the YA post-apocalyptic themes. This book has a fresh new world with interesting people and cultures. Even though these people are quite different from our modern day culture, you can easily relate to everything that's happening. That's because the theme is all about relationships, understanding each other, learning to forgive, standing up for what is right, learning to make altruistic decisions. That's why YA books can offer so much. The characters in a great YA book will learn and change and grow as the story progresses. That's what makes this book one of the great ones! You get to see growth and development in multiple characters. And none of the people in the book are flat, uni-dimensional characters--the adult characters are interesting, as well.
The author does such a great job of telling the story from varying points of view. You simply can't help but love Korram. But you'll also love Ernth and Thel and many other characters. I even loved the horses. I look forward to reading the other books in the Annals of Alasia.
- In the Enemy's Service
on June 14, 2014
I am proof that you don’t have to read these books in order. I started with number three, and I still haven’t read book one, Prince of Alasia, but I’m sure I will.
Let me just admit that I’m not a middle-grader, or a middle-grade teacher, or a middle-grade mom. But I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as I did the Prince of Malorn. The author has a way of presenting the story so that it is simple enough for a middle-grader to understand, but complex enough for an adult to enjoy.
She does a great job of painting picture in your mind as the plot unfolds. I love that the central character is a “commoner”. You get to see how even an ordinary person with no special acclaim or position can be a hero simply by following their conscience.
If you enjoy fantasy with swords, drama, action, and intrigue, you’ll love this book!
- The Search for Mrs. Claus
on Oct. 14, 2014
If you love Christmas, you'll love this book! As you can tell from the title, Santa is looking for a wife. But this is a special, one-of-a-kind, prophecy-fulfilling wife, so she's very hard to find. But from the moment they touch hands, there are sparks! It's a light and fun romance, with a satisfying happy ending. The author does a great job of tying up all the little details about Santa, his elves, the North Pole, and the fulfillment of the prophecy. If you enjoy Christmas stories, this book will be right up your alley.