Anne M. Baxter
Anne Baxter loves to read and tell stories to children. Always an animal lover, she brought home kittens, puppies, guinea pigs, gerbils, parakeets, chicks, rabbits and even a newborn fawn. It seems only natural that she writes about animals.
Jacqueline Click, the illustrator of Everybody Needs a Name, shares the same afflictions--loving to tell stories and bring home pets--but in addition, she brings her considerable artistic talent into play in this book.
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Everybody Needs a Name
By Anne M. Baxter
Published: December 7, 2010.
A small, white-and-gold, nameless feral kitten longs for a name of his own. His cat family can't think of one for him. He's taken in a house by a farm lady who already has two kittens, Molly and Morris. When her husband comes home, she shows him the kitten, and between them, they come up with the purr-fect name, "Maybe."
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- The Art of My Life
on Sep. 25, 2012
Ann is an amazingly talented writer. If you have read Kicking Eternity (which by the way, you can download for free), you know what I'm talking about. She grips you on the first page of both the first one and this one (The Art of My Life) and won't let you go EVEN AT THE END. I can't wait for the next book!
Do you remember Cal, the beach bum who makes all sorts of stupid decisions in Kicking Eternity? And yet you glimpse his caring heart?
And how about Aly, whose choices and actions were not exactly aboveboard either? Remember how at the end of Kicking Eternity she knew she loved Cal and thought maybe, just maybe, he thought of her more than just as a sister? And then she catches him with another girl?
This book is about Cal and Aly. Cal had gone to jail for drug possession. Aly had straightened out her life, at least somewhat. At least now she acknowledges that God exists. Cal does, too. But neither of them realize just how much God loves them--He's just the life jacket in case of emergency.
Cal's best friend Fish dumped him because Cal stuffed some weed into Fish's locker--and the authorities found it and he lost his job and his career aim of becoming a US senator all in one fell swoop. And any chance of making time with Cal's sister.
Aly is stiff-arming Cal for obvious reasons. But she's willing to fund a chance for him to make good at a charter sailing business and becomes his partner in the venture.
Cal's mother wants a new and better relationship with her son, but Cal stiff-arms her. He doesn't want to face any more criticism from her.
And then, along comes this shady-looking guy, Vic, who wants a ride to Grand Bahama, now! and hands Cal a check. Aly doesn't like it--she wants cash. Vic promises cash upon reaching his destination. And stiffs them. And then shows up demanding another ride, this time with a sawed-off shotgun.
Sorry folks, that's all I'm telling. Buy the book if you want the rest of the story. Trust me, you won't be disappointed.
- Avra's God
on Nov. 29, 2012
Ann Lee Miller has an amazing talent for putting words together to keep a person on the edge of their seats and holding their breath, and Avra's God is no exception. She can put you right into the scenes and characters without any trouble at all.
Avra is a college student with two rowdy younger brothers. She also has a crush on this dreamy guy, Cisco. She has always felt a little gawky--tall and athletic, but definitely non-gorgeous. That's why she's amazed when Cisco flirts with her and practically invites himself to her house for home-baked cookies.
Cisco recognizes that Avra is one high-class young woman, not his typical easy conquests. He treats her with respect. For eight months, and then he wants more than either of them are comfortable with. Abstinence wears thin, and he goes off the edge with another girl. How can Avra forgive that, let alone ever trust him again?
And then there's Kallie, whose father deserted her and her little sister Aly a few years before, leaving her mother for a younger woman. How can she trust her heart to Jesse, a young man who thrives on the adulation of a fan club of teen girls who swoon over his music?
- Tattered Innocence
on March 08, 2013
The superbly talented Ann Lee Miller's books always rate high in my lists. Her books will not be acceptable to the Christian Book Association's standards because they depict the very real temptations and failings of humans--not excusing them by a long shot--but showing us the pain and guilt that results especially from sexual slip-ups. She shows her heroes' and heroines' progressions through and past their temptations and to God.
Tattered Innocence is no exception. Rachel Martin is consumed by guilt and running away from the handsome married coach who seduced her. She applies for and gets a job crewing on a charter sailing boat, The Smyrna Queen, owned by Jake Murray. Anything to avoid Coach Bret Rustin.
Three problems are immediately obvious: (1) Jake isn't the old salt she expected; he's 29 and model-handsome. (2) All the cabins aboard the boat are booked by guests; the only place to sleep is on a bunk in the captain's quarters. (3) She isn't the only one grieving a past relationship; Jake has just been dumped by his fiancee.
Her affections slowly rotate from Bret to Jake, and her guilt deepens to despair when Jake kisses her, no doubt in rebound. He still loves the girl who jilted him.
How can she get past this? She has to resign. There's no other choice.