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Smashwords book reviews by debb lavoie

  • Sapphire Wolf on Aug. 01, 2013

    Sapphire Wolf by PJ Port Published December 15, 2012 Unicorn Panther Books ASIN : B00AOY0VCE 252 Pages/391 kb Smash Words Edition Four Stars ! Raylee knows very little about her people, or who she really is. She lives a nomadic life with people who love and care for her. When she sees Dauz in a near-by village, she is very attracted to him. Raylee learns from Dauz who she is and what she may become if she claims him. I had never read a wolf story before, so the lore and rituals took me a little time to get used to. Once I did, I really saw how well thought out, and how well PJ wrote this story. I don’t want to give too much away, because the reading of this Sapphire Wolf is a beautiful unfolding of wolf lore. I was given this book for an honest review.
  • The Visitation on Aug. 02, 2013

    The Visitation by Brian Bigelow Published 2012 by Brian Bigelow Smash Words Edition ISBN: 9781301267736 9 Pages A beautifully written short story that is rich in imagery, even right down to the teabag floating in Seth’s tea cup. The scene with Seth in his thread bare chair reminded me of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. The lights flicker, and we just know that he is to be visited by something or someone. It turns out to be Seth’s wife, dead six years now, who comes to guide him into the afterlife. I really like this story, it gives us hope, and is a pleasure to read. I was given this book in return for an honest review.
  • Gladstone on Sep. 20, 2013

    Gladstone by John A. Miller Published May 23, 2013 Smashwords Edition ASIN: B00CYN76NU Jack Saunders has just had a messy divorce, and is driving across the Arizona desert. He takes a wrong turn and finds himself broken down by the side of the road. A woman on a motorcycle, a very nice bike, takes him into Gladstone to get the part he needs. Gladstone is a nice, quiet, simple town, suspended in time. Jack finds himself drawn to the town’s people. Why does he feel so comfortable there? Gladstone is a fun little short story. I loved the scenery, and I could just picture the canyon, and the blue sky. The ending of this short story haunts me; I didn’t want it to end. Gladstone is perfect for a quick read, and I am already missing the town and its’ people. I really LOVED this story. I was given this e book in return for an honest review.
  • Gladstone 2,Missing in Denver on Dec. 12, 2013

    A great sequel to Gladstone; the action starts immediately. More of the story unfolds, and we learn more about Susan and her people. She is so innocent of the world, and yet is very able to take care of herself. Gladstone’s town people welcome Jack into their way of life, and love him like family. Jack finally goes back to pick up his great grandfather’s printing press in Denver. And like the title suggests, someone does go missing, a nice twist of just who that person is. John Miller is a good story teller, and the unfolding of Missing in Denver proves this. I did think the beginning was a tad long. I would have liked what happens in Denver to start earlier in the story. That is my preference, and in no way distracts from the story telling.
  • Being Kind In An Unkind World on Dec. 21, 2013

    Paying it forward is a phrase I first heard on Oprah’s daytime show. It’s time to go back to the days when no one even though twice, we opened the doors, we gave our chair to the elderly; these acts of kindness were part of our culture. Start small, and before you know it, you too will be paying it forward. In BS Johnson’s book she breaks down this small kindness’ and gives ideas on how to make them happen. This book is a quick read, and will leave you with a nice warm fuzzy feeling. Be part of a better world, do small acts of kindness. This book is free on Smashwords. I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.