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Smashwords book reviews by Lynn

  • I Remember December on Jan. 31, 2010

    This is a excellent short story that brought back many memories of my own grandparents. In todays world it seems alot of familys do not have the closeness, the family ties of long ago. This was so refreshing to read the authors memories and to relive some of my own as I was reading
  • Always Remember Me - Endless Love on Jan. 31, 2010

    Beautiful,It brought tears as I read.I absolutely Loved this
  • S T O L E N - Suspense Short Story on Jan. 31, 2010

    Supense with a different ending than I expected
  • The Baying Witness on Jan. 31, 2010

    I love these little short who dun it mysterys. Excellent
  • INEZ: An autobiography on Jan. 31, 2010

    This is such an interesting biography. Most would say yes it could use alot of proof reading but then it would not be the same. This is in her own writing and that makes the story all the better. Beautiful memories.
  • The Nude on Feb. 02, 2010

    Well written, leaving a little to ones imagination wander. I would consider the short story more on the sensual side than erotic.
  • Change of Heart on Feb. 07, 2010

    Fran Shaff is a new author to me , but not any longer. One of my favorite genre's to read is the historical romance, so when I downloaded Change of Heart to read, I immediately fell in love with her work. This is such a stirring heart gripping novella that I highly recommend it. You cannot help but shed a tear or two when you read this book.Ms Shaff is an excellent writer and knows just how to write the heart stirring novel to keep the reader entranced to the end.
  • For Sale in Palm Springs: A Henry Wright Mystery on Feb. 08, 2010

    Enjoyed this mystery very much. I thought I had it figured out at times and then my thoughts would change. Great cozy type mystery. There is some corse language in parts for those that are bothered by it
  • Hold On To Me - Inspirational Love on Feb. 09, 2010

    Such a powerful message of faith packed into these few pages.
  • The Christmas Gift on Feb. 09, 2010

    Excellent story. As one reads they can see so much truth and love between the lines. Beautifully written
  • EAST VILLAGE NOIR on Feb. 09, 2010

    This book reminded me of Mike Hammer. It ended alot different than I imagained it would and now I am looking forward to readin more of the Private Eye Payton Sherwood novels.
  • Angel Star on March 02, 2010

    This is just to cute. I can just picture this little short pirate fighting off the big monster. Great Job
  • My Low Carb Story, Diet Book, Cookbook and Shopping List on March 13, 2010

    This is quite interesting. As you say a person with diabetes needs to watch this. I try and watch my carbs when I eat. Readers should check with their doctor before trying any kind of diet
  • Going Home on March 13, 2010

    Beautiful short story.Memories can take one back in time to good and bad.
  • One Tree in the Forest - The Family of Harman William Whitney Hoffman on March 13, 2010

    I love to read stories of family historys and this little short book is wonderfully written. One never knows when they read something like this, they may be long distant relatives.
  • The Heart of Abundance: A Simple Guide to Appreciating and Enjoying Life on March 16, 2010

    This is an excellent source to open up in the morning and use with a daily devotion. That is what I plan on doing with it. I especially love the poem No Fear In Love. Thank you so much for this wonderful book.
  • The Cowboy's Wish on March 22, 2010

    This is just to cute for a short story. I like the ending . This story is like a appetizer now I am waiting for a full version. Would make a great longer story
  • Seeking after the Kingdom on March 26, 2010

    these are very good devotionals. Excellent also for new Christians
  • A Mother's Revenge on April 18, 2010

    Made me itch and look at the ceiling, Who knows what lurks in the darkness of the corners of a room.Is an ok book for just a short 4 pages
  • Puppy Dog Tales on April 28, 2010

    You do not even have to be a dog lover to enjoy these three short stories. They may even entice you to want to own a dog.With Permission I hope to be able to use the first story on on Humane Society Page. Great Adoption story
  • See No Evil, My Pretty Lady on May 31, 2010

    It’s a foggy night, the mist is slowly falling, and the wind is blowing just enough to make that tree limb outside scratch upon the window by your chair, the chair where you sit, book in hand reading the newest novel by Miss Mae… “See No Evil My Pretty Lady”. As you read you wonder , what is that noise I hear. London, someone is killing the ladies of the evening on the East end of town and it is getting the city in a panic. Arriving from Yorkshire Dorcy Edwards has just acquired a job as kitchen help with a Mr. Davenport. Only being in his hire for 3 days, she walks into the library to find him murdered. Fleeing from the scene, she runs out into the foggy night, only to be attacked by …the murderer? When she meets up with Gareth Davenport, the son of her now deceased boss, all clues point to him. When his will is read Mr. Davenport has plainly put it that one of the five mentioned in his will could be his murderer as well as the one attacking women. Alice, the cook, Dorcy, the new kitchen help, Gareth, his son, Matthew and Felicity Peabody, close friends of the family. They all had a reason to kill him and are reported to spend a fortnight on Hawkes Island accompanied by a police inspector where the killer would be discovered. As they all approach the island and the fortress they would call home for a few days, events start to happen, As the fog blankets the island the telegraph lines are cut, the boat is set loose, no way off the island now. As clues point to each one, you may think you have it figured out. But guess again . As the tables turn , more and more as the clues change, you may think you know but do you really. With a surprise ending this book will grab the reader from the first page and hang on to the last. What was that scream you heard in the foggy night…. Miss Mae has a way of writing sweet cozy mysteries that are spellbinding and full of suspense. Chill bump stories. Hold on to that thought as with the sunrise the fog will lift as you reach the final page. I have read all of Miss Mae’s books and I have to say See No Evil My Pretty Lady rates right at the top with all the rest of them. Miss Mae ranks right up there with one of my favorite authors Mary Higgins Clark.
  • Fated Destiny...Oh, Yeah? on July 29, 2010

    They say everyone’s life is in the hands of fate and so it is with number 86.Is it destiny that he happens to look like a merciless captain.Is he innocent of the crime he has been captured and tried for. Who is the winner and who is the loser in this short story. You figure it out. There is just enough of this story that leaves the reader craving for more. Just the appetizer before the meal. Excellent writing
  • Dove Island on July 29, 2010

    Being asked to perform the wedding of his cousin to the woman he loves, Christopher finds this is a hard thing to do. When fate steps in through an attack on their boat by pirates all that is left is Christopher and Roxanne. Can he find her in the swirling waters and save her. Has God led them to this place only for him to lose her. Beautifully written and leaving the reader hungering for more. I would love to read this as a full length book. Miss Mae has done it again
  • Catch Me If You Can on July 30, 2010

    Catch Me If You Can Miss Mae 5 stars Murder, Mayhem, and Hurricanes is just the latest to keep the reader in suspense from the first page to the last in Miss Mae’s newest novel “Catch Me If You Can” Seems these days computer games is the in thing and many adults are caught up in the frenzy of keeping up with them. When Stuart Harrington is getting ready to release his newest version of Catch Me , a convention is held at an old Southern Plantation in South Carolina. Now as the players start to show up in the midst of hurricane warnings no one knows each other. When Losi Steinberg is washed ashore up on the beach she finds herself in the middle of this so-called convention. When the cook is murdered, and other strange events start taking place everyone is beginning to become a suspect. Who is the murderer? Why has Mr. Harrington not shown up to be there for his newest game release. Is Lois who she really says she is . Things are just not adding up. As the storm rages outside, the storm is raging inside amongst all the guests. Finding the empty CD Case, leads them to looking for the CD and the culprit who has it hid. Miss Mae has did it again. Master at writing cozy mysteries. See if you can figure out all the little twist and turns and catch the villain. Excellent book.
  • Time for TEA on Aug. 11, 2010

    If you are into politics you will want to read this book, If you are into wondering where America is headed you will want to read this book. We are headed the wrog way.
  • A Bride for Tom on Aug. 19, 2010

    Nebraska 1868 Tom Larson, has two left feet when it comes to dancing, clumsy as a bear when he is around women , but put him on a horse to work cattle and the difference is like night and day. He wants to move out of his parents home away from his brothers and sister who are forever taunting him. But first he wants to find a wife. At the local barn dance Jessica Reynolds takes it upon herself to try and help Tom become more confident and to help him overcome his clumsiness so he may be able to attract a women. This seemed to be a disaster in the making. Jessica who is engaged soon sees the difference between her fiancé and the farmer boy. Now she has to make a choice. One who lets mamma rule or one who loves life, as her friend Margaret and her mother try and steer her in the right direction. This is a laugh out loud short story that is the first book in Ms. Nordin’s “Nebraska” Series. One cannot help but worry about Tom and some of the predicaments he gets himself into . The secondary characters really add to the plot right along with the main characters. Excellent Sweet Historical Romance. Recommended.
  • A Husband for Margaret on Aug. 20, 2010

    Book #2 “Nebraska Series”. Nebraska-1869 Margaret Williams just can’t seem to have anything go right for her. She seems to think there is a black cloud hanging over her head constantly, always raining on her parade so to speak. When it seemed she could not find a husband she placed an ad in the paper for a mail order husband and surprise she got a reply. Twenty Two year old Paul Connealy from Ohio was all set to move to Nebraska and marry her. Only when Margaret , her family and friend Jessica showed up at the train station it wasn’t Paul that got off the train, but his brother Joseph, along with four young boys. Now she was sure that her black cloud just got larger. Agreeing to marry Joseph things were going fine, that is till one Debra Potter showed up and tried to stop the wedding. Following him from Ohio she just knew that Joseph would drop Margaret and marry her., but she underestimated one little hitch—Margaret. How will she handle this situation and get Debra out of their lives or will Joseph have to handle the situation. Will Margaret manage to take care of her instant family of 4 boys or throw in the towel so to speak Once again the author has managed to combine romance and humor in this second book in her Nebraska Series. There is just a slight indication of a sensual undertone which really does not distract from the story. Almost all characters we have met in book #1 of the series with the exception of a couple , however the novel can be read as a standalone also.
  • A View from a Height on April 21, 2011

    A View From A Height J.E. Murphy 5 Stars Available At : Amazon , Smashwords or Lulu Paranormal 569 Pages Some may view this book towards the Sci-Fi realm along with the Paranormal but I feel it’s more to the Paranormal side with little of any Sci Fi. With the book containing both volumes "The Dakini" and "The Bodhisattva", it makes for a larger book but even for its size is quite interesting. Do you believe in out of body experiences? Do you believe that a person who has died can come back to life? “A View From A Height” is the story of Xiao Chen Bang, a Chinese girl who was born in Hawaii. Through her childhood she has heard and been called by different names as we know how most children do when they confront someone of a different nationality. As Xiao grew she became rebellious, that is until her death as a teenager. As she traveled out of her body she watch as they worked trying to save her. Electrocuted in a water filled ditch, she tries to make them stop, but it’s not her time Sent back to her body her life is changed for the better. Living in a mortal body she also lives in the spirit world, helping transcend those to the better place. As she transcends out of her own body into the spirit world she is also confronted with others who also are like her. She has seen and heard the cries of the sorrowful, the pain of those in the throes of death. She has seen the dead and they have seen her. These spirits are called Dikini. Some as mortals dream as they lead someone on and never remember their nights work when they wake in the morning, while others are completely spiritual and never have a mortal body. As Xiao is returned to her body her life changes. As she goes to China to help the under privileged she meets up with all different obstacles, even to the point of being thrown in prison. Will this work she is doing help accomplish good in the world or evil. In the beginning of the book this is the translators notes: [Here is a love story. It is not the usual kind of love story…… This is the autobiography of Xiao Chen Bang, a person who, depending on where you stand, had perhaps the most significant impact on the world that it has ever known, or had no impact at all.] As I stated at the beginning. Is this true or fiction? Does one believe in out of body experiences? I leave that up to the reader. The author has written a brilliant story. Though a long book I feel you will enjoy it.
  • Through a Glass Darkly on April 22, 2011

    Through A Glass Darkly Miss Mae 4 Stars Whenever Miss Mae has a new book out I jump at the chance to read it. All though not a real fan of Sci- Fi there are some that do grab my attention and hold my interest so I gave this book a chance. It is hard to write a review on a short story without giving the story line away, but I will say that this is one that will hold the interest of even those that do not care for the Sci-Fi genre. Computer virus’ holograms and a twist with an edge to it that draws the reader right into the story line along with the characters one cannot go wrong by reading this fast lunch hour book. I have been a fan of Miss Mae’s books ever since I read her first one and I know that if one starts reading them they also will fast become a fan. From Mystery, to Sweet Romance to the latest Sci-Fi her books are worth reading. She has a knack of drawing the reader into the plot and keeping them there till the end. Give her books and shot and I feel you will agree.
  • Inklings on April 28, 2011

    Inklings { Very Short Stories And Other Babies Born Of Ink.} Aparna Warrier Available on Smashwords 9 Pages 4 stars Ever wonder what an inkling is? It is: A slight hint or indication or A slight understanding or vague idea or notion. This is what these short stories are made of, An inkling, an idea or a notion in the authors mind. In the authors first book she has a collection of short stories so very short indeed. One has to use their mind when they read the story to get a picture of what the author is representing. Out of them all my favorite is the story of Greenie, the little green worm on a Cauliflower leaf. We all can relate back to this story when as a child we had to stand up in front of a class and have show and tell. This book may not be for everyone and some may not reach any conclusion in any of the stories. And they may quit after the first two and others may really understand them. It takes a special person to read these type of short stories.
  • The Next Buddha on May 02, 2011

    The Next Buddah J.E. Murphy 5 Stars Available At : Amazon , Smashwords or Lulu Paranormal 235 Pages In the sequel to “A View From A Height” we once again escape into the realm of the paranormal and re-incarnation. As they say to “live twice is no more remarkable than to live once”. But what about incarnation, to be able to see yourself and the problems of the future. This then is the story of An Dong, the son of a Vietnamese woman who was raped by her French master. Born during pre-war time in Vietnam he is raised during the slavery times on the rubber plantations owned by the French. Writing down his memories he remembers back to when he was born, the cruelty heaped upon the slaves by the masters of the plantation and his first encounters with Krishna and how he saved him, Of Ha Linh, the girl he meets who will become his future wife and the children they will have. The memories from the past help him to see what he has to live through to what his life will be like in the future. Now working in China he meets and marries Lahamo. Now in this life he has to take control and do what his dreams lead him to do.They must leave their children with their grandparents and go across the mountains and fight the monster,the infamous Chinese general Tong who is bringing his army across China. Here he remembers back on the Auto Biography of Xiao Chen Bang(whom we meet in the first book) His fear says “To exist is to dream. To dream is to exist” So who is he really, Brahma, Tong Ye, Arjuna or even Krishna. One thing he is the God of his dreams. He is each and everyone. As he writes this story he remembers back how he relates things about his mother and his birth, Tong, who was a slave, Ha Linh, Lahamo he asks himself, who did I write this story for. As with the first book, the author grabs the attention of the reader. Although fictional one wonders could this really happen..I would like to thank the author for giving me the chance to read this book as with his first one. Reading the first one gives more meaning to the second one.
  • The God Virus on May 11, 2011

    The God Virus J.E. Murphy Available at Amazon and Smashwords Sci-Fi ; Fantasy 4 Stars Miami Florida, mutants, shape shifters, animals speaking as humans and going wild and humans turning into animals. What is happening to the world. Judeus Rodriguez Hermone, married Miranda Marquesa Garcia who is now know as Santa Miranda. He first found Miranda washed up on a beach still wearing her air tank. At first thought he presumed her dead but at a second glance she was alive. Reviving her through mouth to mouth he now becomes infected what has become known as the Miranda Virus. An ancient virus evolving from the sea beds is now affecting everything living thing, humans and animals. Animals demanding their rights, humans turning into animals, tempers flare, sexual levels escalate and then wane. On the run now after being kidnapped by agents. Miranda makes her way back to Judeus’s apartment. When the agents come looking for her she has disappeared only to reemerge after they leave. Now a shape shifter she also has infected Judeus cat , Carmina. When Judeus is arrested , Miranda saves him from jail. There is only one problem he now has become like her. There is only one way to stop this virus and return things to normal. Find a cure, to change the world back like it was, but as they soon find out the cure is worse than the virus. Now Judeus and Miranda are on a mission to stop the cure. As they and a group of pilgrim mutants make their way to Rome and the Vatican to see the Pope. They soon find out on their trip that the virus is not limited to just the civilized nations. When God gave humans dominion over the animals, humans were poor examples. With animal cruelty abounding have they prayed to God and He is taking this dominion back and turning it back to the animals or is this Virus creating a new God. This is quite an interesting story. I am usually not one for Sci- Fi books but this one did entice me to keep reading. For all Sci-Fi readers out there I feel you will enjoy this book also. Just listen carefully if you thing you hear your dog or cat say something to you. Were they really talking or was it in all your mind. A little different than the first two books of the authors I feel it still rates as an interesting novel, whether one wants to call it Sci Fi or a Fantasy.
  • Fires of Alexandria on July 26, 2011

    Fires of Alexandria by Thomas Carpenter is the first book in the Alexandrian Saga. One thing I liked about the book is it is a fictional novel based on actual happenings. Most all who studied history in school learned about the Roman Empire and the great fires that took out the Library of Alexandria, and about Heron of Alexandria. As the author writes he brings back to life in this fictional account some of the greats and lesser known’s such as Lysimachus the Alabarch who portrayed as a villainous debt collector in actuality was a cousin to Herod the Great. As we get into the book we find Heron who was one of the greatest inventors and mathematicians there was is a woman. Taking on the role of Heron after her twin brother died she also took on his debts that he left behind. As she is called upon to find out who was the cause of the great fire she knows that this money will pay off the debts to Lysimachus as long as she can hold him off before he gets any ideas about her niece. This is quite an enjoyable read that takes the reading back into the historical archives of history back to the years 350 BC to 10-70 AD. Back to when the Roman Empire ruled. If you are a historical buff and like to read fictional novels based on actual happenings, then you will enjoy this new saga. This book can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or on Smash-words either as a e-book or paperback. I would like to thank the author for giving me the chance to read his book. I found this to be an enjoyable read.
  • Tears of Min Brock on Dec. 28, 2011

    Tears Of Min Brock ( Book 1 of the War of Whispers series) J.E . Lowder Morehouse Media Group Inc. July 2011 Fantasy Ages: Teens to Adults 5 Stars When I first started to read this book, the first thing that came to my mind was Chronicles of Narnia. I read this book in a Christian attitude and one could see a Christian outlay to the plot, just as there is to Narnia. The main plot of the story revolves around the two main characters ,teenagers Elabea and Galadin, but the rest of the characters lend their own special element to the story. Raised in an atmosphere after what was known as the dark war, children were not allowed to learn how to read under the rules of Cauldron. Under the authority of the Cauldron the people could not speak about anything that happen before time or allow their children to ask questions. They heard everything. When Elabea hears the whisper of the Only call her name, the battle of the whispers begins. As Elabea and Galadin make a mistake and take down a notice that was place on the doors of their homes troubles begin. Now they are on the run back to the village of Claire that is said to have been destroyed. This is when Elabea learns she is to be a storyteller and Galadin a great warrior. As they run for their lives the Cauldron is out to capture and destroy them. When they learn the truth that the Cauldron is the evil ones that have led the people to believe on them, fathers now plan to over thrown them and go back to what their life once was. Will Elabea and Galadin make it to Claire? Is the village still there or destroyed like the Caldron said. Will the fathers turn again and go to war as the whispers of Good and Evil are once again heard throughout the land? I know that all teens will enjoy this book just as many adults will .There is so much to this story that I just cover a miniscule of it trying not to give too much away but just enough to make it interesting. What started out as bed time stories for his children turned into these novel years later? I will wait patiently for book 2 of the series.
  • Promise Me Eternity on Jan. 07, 2012

    Promise Me Eternity Ian Fox Kindle Edition Mystery; Suspense; Thriller 5 Stars Promise Me Eternity is one of those novels that I found hard to put down. Not only is it filled with suspense, but greed, jealousy, affairs and murder. They say that the love of money is the root of all evil and that is surely portrayed to the fullest in this book. With a cast of many characters one will have to start to think when they are reading and watch for clues. Dr. Simon Patterson is a well known and respected neurosurgeon in Oregon. Although he has been married for 15 years they have no children. In all actuality he is married to his work, not the surgery but trying to develop an anti aging vaccine, which in turn takes time away from his wife. His wife on the other hand is a money hungry woman that wants the best of everything, clothes, cars vacations and more. When Simon saves the life of a Carlo Vucci a known gangster little does he know how is life is about to change. Accepting a dinner invitation Carlo offers him a check for Fifty Thousand dollars. When Simon turns it down, his wife hits the panic button and Carlo’s wonders, No one has ever turned down his money. Now the problems begin, Simon’s wife is going out, acting strange, Carlo’s wife is making a play for Simon and his associate is trying to take over his job and that’s just the beginning of his nightmare. His wife is murdered and all clues point to Simon. When Carlo’s wife Christine says she will help prove his innocence and say that he was with her, there was only one problem, her husband. When Carlo ends up dead after a fight with Simon, Christine confidently changes her mind about Simon. Can Simon prove he is innocent? Were they out to kill Helen Simon’s wife or did they make a mistake? As the neighbors confide will they be the straw that helps Simon get free or be condemned? There are more twists and turns in this novel that will keep you wondering throughout. There are quite a few different characters and the chapters may be about one character and then change to someone else. At times unless I kept my mind on whom I was reading about at the time I would lose track and would back track to see which one I was reading about. All in all this is a great mystery with plenty of suspense which leaves one wondering just how the story is going to end. Recommended for those who like a strong suspenseful mystery with occasional hints at sexual activity but nothing heavily sensual or erotic and no coarse language. I received this complementary copy from the author. A positive review was not required and all opinions expresses her on my own views of the novel.