Ruth Ann Nordin


I am a stay-at-home mom of four school-aged boys and the proud wife of a veteran of the US Air Force. I live in Montana where I am fortunate to spend my days creating new worlds with characters I fall in love with. I have written fifty romances and have plans to write many more in the years to come.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
In short, control over my book.

I didn't want a publisher coming in and telling me what I could or couldn't do with the story I'd written. I love romance, but I want to write romance my way. Originally, I wrote for myself. I wanted Christian romances that had sex scenes after marriage but were not preachy. No publisher wanted to touch that with a ten-foot pole. So I did the only thing I could do to keep my stories exactly the way I wanted them: I published them myself.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
There are several ways:

1. It allowed me a chance to publish my books for free, which means I didn't have to spend money to put my books up. After spending $10,000 in vanity presses over the course of six years (2002-2008), this was big. I was in debt and living on a tight budget. I still remember the day a bill had come in and I had no money to pay it. I was thinking, "If I only had about $150" on my way to the mailbox. I got a check from Smashwords and it was exactly what I needed. Actually, it was a little over what I needed by $20 or so. (To me, that was success beyond my wildest dreams. I would never have had that money if it hadn't been for Smashwords letting me publish my books.) To this day, that is still one of the best checks I ever got. Now, I use PayPal to receive money from Smashwords.

2. It allowed me to price some books at free. This is probably the biggest benefit of using Smashwords. The free books let people take a risk-free chance on me, and that's extremely important when there are a lot of other books out there. I still get comments from people who said they started out with my free books and went on to buy my other ones. From what I've experienced, free doesn't devalue books at all. I think it encourages readers to buy more books because when a reader likes an author enough, they will buy all of their books.

3. It allowed me to distribute to other channels. At the time I started publishing here in 2009, it wasn't possible to publish anywhere but here and Amazon. Then Smashwords added Barnes & Noble. Other channels came soon after that, and more channels are being open as I write this. I am sorry to see a couple of the channels go. Getting out into as many channels as possible is one of the best ways to increase the chance of success.

4. It allowed me to find readers. Never in a million years did I think anyone would want to read my books when I started publishing them. I thought no one wanted to read the kind of books I was writing. In fact, I often felt like I was all alone. I wrote them because I loved them, and something deep inside of me needed to get them out into the world. But over the years, I've had the fortune of getting in touch with women (and even a few men) who want to read the kind of romances I write. Smashwords has given me a platform where they were able to find my books, and that has been one of the best blessings (which I consider a success) about publishing books.
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Where to find Ruth Ann Nordin online


If It Takes A Scandal
Series: Marriage by Bargain. Pre-release—available December 17, 2017. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: American English. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Regency, Fiction » Historical » Victorian
Two people who don't want to get married end up having to when a third party gets them ensnared in a scandal. A year later, both have to come to grips with the reality of their very inconvenient marriage.
The Bride Price
Series: Misled Mail Order Brides. Pre-release—available November 19, 2017. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: American English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Western
Three women arrive in Omaha, Nebraska. All are mail-order brides. The problem? They answered the same ad to a shady character who plans to auction them all off. While two escape because they refuse to take part in the man's scheme, Mabel Frank goes along with it because it's the only chance she has of securing a husband.
Forced Into Marriage
Series: Pioneer Series. Pre-release—available October 7, 2017. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: American English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Western
After getting drunk one night, Brandon Herman wakes up the next morning with vague recollections of being forced to marry a young woman against his will. And as much as he wants out of the marriage, he can't bring himself to abandon her and the child she's carrying.
Taming The Viscountess
Series: Marriage by Bargain. Pre-release—available August 26, 2017. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: American English. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Regency, Fiction » Historical » Victorian
When Sebastian marries a lady who's known for being a spoiled brat, he takes it upon himself to prove that she can become one of the sweetest ladies in London.
The Rake's Vow
Series: Marriage by Bargain. Pre-release—available May 6, 2017. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: American English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Miss Loretta Bachman convinces a reformed rake, who has vowed to never sleep with another lady, to marry her and pretend he's deeply in love with her so she can impress the Ton.
The Reclusive Earl
Series: Marriage by Fate. Pre-release—available April 9, 2017. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: American English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
It’s far easier to hide in the shadows than risk being hurt. When a very imperfect earl happens to be caught up in a scandal that forces him to marry the perfect lady, he can't help but worry all his fears have just come true.
Groom for Hire
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,620. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2017 by Parchment & Plume, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical
When asked to lead another wagon train, a man offers Joe money to marry his daughter so she won’t have to go on the trails without the protection of a husband.
The Very True Legends of Ol' Man Wickleberry and his Demise - Ink Slingers' Anthlogy
Series: Ink Slingers Anthologies. Price: Free! Words: 33,740. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
Ol’ Man Wickleberry is a man of legend – or is he a legend of a man? With a scruffy beard and a dislike for humanity, how long has it been since he met his demise, and what is he doing in his ghostly afterlife? The stories may differ, but all of them are true. We swear. Enjoy eight tales by seven talented authors.
The Bargain Mail Order Bride
Series: Chance at Love Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,620. Language: American English. Published: January 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Western
Carl Richie makes a bargain with his mail-order bride. In return for having his child so he can keep his property, he won't ask her anything about her past.
The Viscount’s Runaway Bride
Series: Marriage by Bargain. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,490. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
What Lord Worsley really wants is a wife who can excite him, but what he ended up with was an engagement borne of necessity to his sister’s friend. So when Miss Damara Onslow intercepts his carriage, he’s immediately drawn to both her bold spirit and her beauty. Even more exciting is the offer she makes: money in exchange for marriage.
The Accidental Mail Order Bride
Series: Chance at Love Series, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,170. Language: American English. Published: August 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Western
Not being much to look at and overweight, Travis Martin agrees to marry the most beautiful woman he's ever seen, knowing full well she'll never be happy with someone like him.
Ingrid: A Flash Fiction Story To Go With The Marriage Agreement
Price: Free! Words: 1,460. Language: American English. Published: August 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical
PLEASE NOTE: This is a flash fiction story. It is only 1,200 words long. This is the unofficial epilogue to The Marriage Agreement. For those of you who wanted Laura’s mother to get her happy ending, this one’s for you!
The Marriage Agreement
Series: Pioneer Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,610. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2016 by Parchment & Plume, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Laura Rufus volunteers to marry Jesse so he can have his son, knowing full well he’s still mourning the loss of his first wife. The last thing she plans on is falling in love with him, but day by day, his tenderness toward his son makes her wish she hadn’t been so quick to propose a marriage of convenience.
The Earl's Wallflower Bride
Series: Marriage by Arrangement. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,960. Language: American English. Published: July 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Lady Iris has just been matched with the most selfish and arrogant gentleman in all of London, and there’s nothing she can do to get out of the marriage.
The Emotionally Engaging Character
Series: Writing Tips. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,160. Language: American English. Published: June 19, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Reference » Handbooks and Manuals
The key to writing a compelling story is to make the characters, especially the main ones, so engaging that the reader makes an emotional connection with them. In this book, Ruth Ann Nordin shares tips on creating this type of character.
The Mistaken Mail Order Bride
Series: Chance at Love Series, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,040. Language: American English. Published: May 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Eric Johnson ends up with the wrong mail order bride, but he doesn't realize it until after the preacher has married them.
Her Devilish Marquess
Series: Marriage by Arrangement, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,210. Language: American English. Published: April 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Miss Danette Everson, who had confined herself to a life of spinsterhood, has finally agreed to an arranged marriage. But when she's paired up with a gentleman whose favorite pastime is scandalizing the Ton, she believes her new marriage is one huge mistake.
Bonus Material from the Nebraska Series
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 59,910. Language: American English. Published: March 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Since 2011, Ruth Ann Nordin's characters have been coming to her blog, and most of the time, they want to argue with her because she is not writing the books their way. At long last, Ruth has decided to combine these blog posts into a book where fans of her work can laugh and enjoy the silly antics the Larsons performed in 2011 and 2012.
The Convenient Mail Order Bride
Series: Chance at Love Series, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 59,680. Language: American English. Published: February 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Western
When Phoebe Durbin answers a mail-order bride ad, she doesn’t realize the groom-to-be didn’t write the ad.
His Wicked Lady
Series: Marriage by Arrangement, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,620. Language: American English. Published: January 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Mr. Malcolm Jasper prides himself on his immaculate reputation, and he’s decided it’s time to get married so he can start having children to leave a legacy to. Unfortunately for him, he happens to be paired with Lady Cantrell, a lady who thinks the rules of the Ton are made to be broken.
Wagon Trail Bride
Series: Pioneer Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,360. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2016 by Parchment & Plume, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Western
Richard Larson has secretly loved Amanda for years, but it wasn't until she had nowhere else to turn that he had the courage to propose a marriage of convenience. Now as they make their way to Omaha, Nebraska for a new life, he wonders if she might ever come to return his feelings.
A Groom's Promise
Series: Historical Romance Anthologies. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 98,050. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2015 by Parchment & Plume, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical
The Bride's Choice: Shy and clumsy Jack Warren has finally found the woman of his dreams, but her father wants her to marry his brother instead. When the Whistle Blows: Hugh Warren makes a deal to marry someone's daughter as part of a land agreement. But when he meets the perfect lady, he must find a way out of the agreement, even if it means a little matchmaking
Royal Heiress
Series: Enchanted Galaxy, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,980. Language: American English. Published: November 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
The new queen has been crowned, and her first order of business is to pick a husband. Thankfully, her dilemma is put off by her first mission: a trip to the lost city of Atlantis on planet Earth. Or...this might be the trip that leads her to the right man to be king.
The Royal Pursuit
Series: Enchanted Galaxy, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,770. Language: American English. Published: November 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
The queen is sent on a mission to another planet whose roots will take her back to Earth and to someone who has plans to make her his forever if the king doesn’t stop him first.
Royal Hearts
Series: Enchanted Galaxy, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,450. Language: American English. Published: November 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Time travel
An old nemesis sends Ann Kerwin back in time on Earth to ensure she never gets to become the queen of Raz. It’s up to Hathor to follow her and compete with her old boyfriend for her affections. Because if she doesn’t choose Hathor, all they have will be lost.
Late One Night
Price: Free! Words: 1,170. Language: American English. Published: June 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
A lone traveler arrives at an old house in the middle of the night. Even creepier than the house is the man who lives there. But not everything is as it seems. This is a flash fiction story, and it's about 980 words long.
The Earl's Stolen Bride
Series: Marriage by Deceit. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,290. Language: American English. Published: June 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Orlando Emmett, the Earl of Reddington, fell in love with Chloe as soon as he met her. Unfortunately, she married Lord Hawkins before he could propose. Now, a year later, she’s a widow. And while he should honor the mourning period, he’s afraid if he doesn’t act fast, he might not get another chance to be her husband. So he plans a way to make sure he gets her before someone else does.
Ruined by the Earl
Series: Marriage by Deceit. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,270. Language: American English. Published: April 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
After losing all of his money in a reckless bet, Logan Breckman, the Earl of Toplyn, needs to marry a lady from a wealthy family–and fast. So he does the only thing he can think of and picks one at random to trick into marriage.
Love Lessons With The Duke
Series: Marriage by Deceit, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,010. Language: American English. Published: February 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
The Duke of Ashbourne asks Lady Seyton to help him secure a bride in one month, but soon he realizes he's in love with her and will do anything it takes to marry her, even if it involves a scandal.
11 Tips For New Writers
Series: Writing Tips. Price: Free! Words: 10,650. Language: American English. Published: January 20, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
Do you want to write a story but don't know how to start? Are you wondering how to handle storytelling elements like plot, setting, and point of view? Are you stuck in the middle of your story? Are you looking for encouragement to keep going? This book addresses all of these and more.
His Convenient Wife
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 79,110. Language: American English. Published: January 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Western
Despite being rejected by Stan Craftsman in the past, Harriett Larson agrees to marry him for the sake of the girl he recently adopted…with the understanding theirs will only be a marriage of convenience.
Just Good Friends
Series: Omaha Contemporary Romances, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,080. Language: American English. Published: October 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
When Tiffany Clark asks Tyler Jackson to pretend to be her boyfriend, the lie quickly escalates when, in a moment of frustration, Tyler blurts out that they’re married.
A Royal Engagement
Series: Enchanted Galaxy, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 77,100. Language: American English. Published: September 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
An ordinary young woman on Earth learns she's destined to be the queen on another planet...and she's already engaged to a young man she doesn't know.
The Earl's Secret Bargain
Series: Marriage by Deceit, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 62,120. Language: American English. Published: July 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Lord Davenport and Lord Pennella have just made a bet for the hand of Miss Regina Giles. The gentleman she chooses wins the loser’s estate.
Patty's Gamble
Series: Montana Collection. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,310. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2014 by Parchment & Plume, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Patty Dixon makes a plan to get Greg Wilson to marry her, and it works! But convincing the groom he's happy being married will be a whole lot harder.
The Mail Order Bride's Deception
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,040. Language: American English. Published: April 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Western
Sadie Miller’s heart raced with trepidation as she looked at the letter in her hands from the man who waited for his mail-order bride. When she stepped out of this stagecoach, she would be Hazel McPherson. Not Sadie. And her secret would go with her to the grave, no matter what.
Boaz's Wager
Series: Montana Collection. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,510. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2014 by Parchment & Plume, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical
What Boaz Grady wants more than anything else is to have his children living with him. But in order to get them back, he needs to marry a woman who’ll be their mother. Eva Connealy left Omaha, Nebraska to be a school teacher. While in Montana, her stagecoach is attacked, and the men decide to sell her.
The Earl's Scandalous Wife
Series: Marriage by Scandal, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,160. Language: American English. Published: January 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Finally, Season after Season of not being able to secure a wife, Lord Clement’s life is changed for the better when a beautiful stranger kisses him. Now he has a wife who has it all: beauty, passion, and excitement. And she also comes with a tainted past she'll do anything to keep secret.
Mitch's Win
Series: Montana Collection. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,410. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2014 by Parchment & Plume, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical
When Mitch Grady goes to a saloon to help his brother, he finds that his brother’s horse isn’t the only thing being offered in a poker game. Heather Curtiss’ brother has bet her as well. Vowing an innocent woman won’t be forced to give up her virtue to a disreputable gambler, Mitch joins the game. With luck, he wins and frees Heather.
Bride by Arrangement
Series: Historical Romance Anthologies. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,940. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2013 by Parchment & Plume, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical
An anthology of two historical western romances from Ruth Ann Nordin and Janet Syas Nitsick.
The Stagecoach Bride
Series: Wild Hearts, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,430. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Western
Lillian Christian left her troubles behind when she escaped home and headed west to be the mail-order bride of Mr. Charles Gray. But her troubles are just beginning. A simple rancher who just wants to be left alone, Mic, is forced into the life of an outlaw to protect his family. He’ll do what he has to to fix the mistakes of his past, and hopeful he’ll be the only one to pay the price.
Catching Kent
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,910. Language: American English. Published: October 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Western
Rose Larson always gets what she wants, and in this historical western romance, she is determined to do whatever it takes to marry Kent Ashton.
Kent Ashton's Backstory (Prequel to Catching Kent)
Price: Free! Words: 32,030. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
In Falling In Love With Her Husband, Kent Ashton was the villain… Or was he? Everyone has their story, and this is Kent's version of events. See what really happened behind the scandal with Rebecca and why he went to find Ann Statesman in North Dakota. This is a novella. It is not a romance. It is the prequel to Catching Kent. Catching Kent is Kent Ashton's romance.
His Reluctant Lady
Series: Marriage by Scandal, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,990. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Mister Christopher Robinson will do whatever it takes to secure a marriage to Agatha Lyons, the very beautiful but elusive Lady of Richfield. When he discovers her secret, he offers her a deal: marry him or risk scandal.
His Abducted Bride
Series: Across the Stars, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,190. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Sandy Davis is just about to finish writing her first fantasy novel. The villain refuses to let her kill him off at the end of the story, and he’ll do whatever it takes to stay alive...even if he has to trap her into the story and marry her.
Runaway Bride
Series: Across the Stars, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,910. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
From the moment Mark Tanner sees Lexie Rogers, he knows she’s destined to be his wife. There is only one problem: her fiancé. Mark knows she’s better off with him, but can he convince her of that before it’s too late? *This is book 2 in the Across the Stars Series Book 1: Suddenly a Bride Book 2: Runaway Bride Book 3: His Abducted Bride
A Most Unsuitable Earl
Series: Marriage by Scandal, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,940. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Ethan Silverton, the Lord of Edon, prides himself on his notorious reputation as a rake because it frees him from having to get married. But one little lie and a meddlesome mother forces him into a situation where he has to marry the most boring lady he can imagine.
Substitute Bride
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 34,580. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Disclaimer: Substitute Bride used to be under my pen name Kate Page. Kevin Edwards stands to inherit one million dollars. The catch? He must get married by Valentine’s Day. And he chooses Tammy who is all wrong for him. Can his best friend, Alexandra (Alex) Dixon, convince him that things will be much better if they become more than friends or will he say “I do” to the wrong woman?
Bound by Honor Bound by Love
Series: Native American Romance, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,230. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Western
The day Onawa eagerly anticipated has finally come. She is to be Citlali’s wife. But what she doesn’t realize is that his ambitions to be the next chief could be more powerful than his feelings for her. Will she ever find a prominent place in his life, or will she end up taking second place to the tribe? *This is the final book in the Native American Romance Series.
Her Counterfeit Husband
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,000. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
In an act of desperation, the Duchess of Watkins and the butler bury her dead husband in secret. On their way back to the manor, they find a stranger who has been beaten and left for dead. And he looks just like her husband. Dare they replace her husband with a counterfeit? And if they do, what consequences will come as a result of their lie?
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Ruth Ann Nordin's favorite authors on Smashwords

Bonnie Mutchler
Latest book: Tales From the Lost Prophets. Published September 4, 2015.
Dan Fitzpatrick
Latest book: VisionII: The Black Skull. Published March 5, 2010. (5.00 from 23 reviews)
Robert M. Yelverton
Latest book: Close. Published July 6, 2013. (2.50 from 2 reviews)
Roey Harris
Latest book: Moving Day. Published March 22, 2011.

Smashwords book reviews by Ruth Ann Nordin

  • Pieces on Dec. 06, 2009

    From the description of the book and the prologue, I thought this book was going to begin after Angelique (Angie) McCourt's best friend died and she went on a mission to discover the missing pieces of the puzzle so she could identify the killer. But the story doesn't begin at that moment. It begins with Angie starting med school. Angie is perfect. She has a perfect memory and is gorgeous. In the beginning, she comes off as someone who thinks she's too good for everyone else. I figured that the story would show the evolution of Angie from someone who's "perfect" to becoming human--and I was right. The process of how that came to be was entertaining. It starts when she finally opens up to her roommate, Bernadette Scott, who is pretty much the opposite of Angie. It turns out they complement each other and become best friends. This was actually very interesting for me to read, but I felt sad when Bernadette died. It's hard for me to get attached to a character and watch them die. But this leads Angie on her quest to remember who the killer was, because she saw him murder her friend--it's just that the image is blurry in her mind. What I liked most about this book was the evolution of Angie. It was an interesting journey she took as she sunk into the mind of a serial killer bent on revenge. The process was slow and the more "pieces" of the puzzle she got, the deeper she sank into the dark part of her mind. Parts of it had me on the edge of my seat, so that is always a plus. And I didn't expect the ending. I'd say this book takes a look at the good and bad that all of us possess. It was very well done. Oh, and the writing was excellent. This was flawlessly edited.
  • Vision: Evan's Book on Jan. 29, 2010

    For anyone who enjoys a suspense novel where a group of people are trying to track down a serial killer, this one meets all the requirements for keeping the reader guessing and sitting on the edge of the seat. Vision: Evan's Book begins with a vision Jade Walker experiences for the first time when he's 30. On what seems to be an ordinary night, Jade is driving home when he experiences his first vision. He witnesses a rape/murder by M. Sebastian Siman. During this vision, Siman tells him that he's coming for a woman named Laura. Seeing as how Jade doesn't know a Laura, he is puzzled until he meets her the next day. The connection between them is immediate and he falls in love with her. Knowing that Siman is coming for her makes him want to protect her. But can he? These visions, Jade soon learns, are the result of an experiment done to him when he was an infant. Two chemicals, used to increase his mental and physical strength, were inserted into his brain in order to make him a suitable opponent to Siman. The SKP needs someone who can match Siman in order to stop him from killing more people. While Jade improves his ability to mentally go from one place to another to save people who are ready to be harmed, he also experiences visions where he talks with his deceased mother and himself as a child. As the story progresses, he can disappear from one place and reappear at another and even travel back in time. Agent Evan Flynt, a member of the SKP, is Jade's mentor in helping him track down and kill Siman. This is as much Jade's story as it is Evan's. When Evan was nine, his father gave him a special book that couldn't be opened until the time was right. Later, we find out that this book contains details regarding the SKP's project on Simon and what to do to stop him. When Evan grows up, he finds himself on a personal mission to fulfill his father's legacy with the SKP and a wish for revenge against Siman who killed his family. The story reminds me of a puzzle. The author brought up the past of the characters, mainly Evan, at critical points in the book. The information added to the suspense and curiosity in where the story was headed. Just when I thought the book was going one way, it went in a completely different direction from what I expected. It's these twists and turns that kept me up at night to find out what would happen next. And this one does come with a sequel (Vision II: The Black Skull) that's even better than this one. As L. McShevitz said, you have to check out both of these books!
  • Tori on March 07, 2010

    A good look at what some people will go through to do the right thing, even at a price. I enjoyed it.
  • Hell on March 07, 2010

    These characters jumped off the page, and I admit, there were parts where I was cringing and thinking, "Oh please, don't make Paul do that!" I enjoyed it, esp. the ending. Also, it later dawned on me what the encounter with Earl meant in regards to Paul's past. At least, my interpretation lead me to some pretty cool conclusions.
  • Saturday the Fourteenth on March 08, 2010

    I loved what he found in the paper! This was an entertaining short story.
  • VisionII: The Black Skull on March 08, 2010

    The twists and turns that started in the first book, Vision: Evan's Book, only accelerate. Without trying to spoil the first book (in case someone reading this review hasn't read that yet), I'll sum up this book. Someone has taken a pregnant Lily hostage and orders Jade to help her or she'll kill Lily. Jade doesn't want to, but since he's unable to rescue Lily and his unborn child, he agrees. And so begins Jade's next adventure. This one pits him against the members of a large group called the Black Skulls whose aim is global domination. The problem with this group is that they will use any means to accomplish their goals, even if it means killing innocent people. Personally, I found Judge Martin's character to be intriguing. He really had no conscience at all. I thought he was the perfect bad guy. He was cool and calculated in everything he did. Naturally, a guy this evil shouldn't be allowed to get his hands on the legendary Black Skull, which is exactly where Jade comes in. He has to get the skull before Martin does. There were a couple of things I really enjoyed about this book. One, the unexpected turns it took. I actually played a guessing game to see if I could figure out what surprise would turn up next. I got one right. So that part was fun. Another thing I liked was seeing some of the same characters that I met in the first book. There were two that popped up that came as a complete surprise. I don't want to ruin it, but those were two great ones. The third thing I liked was the Black Skull itself. It was fun to see how the legend for the skull began and the kind of powers it had. So if you want a fun read that will keep you wondering what will happen next, I recommend this book. I also recommend that you read the first book before this one or else it won't be as fun.
  • Shades of Gray on March 08, 2010

    This is one of those books that starts off with a bang and keeps going. I couldn't think of one dull moment. Even parts that could have dragged on kept my interest because they advanced the romantic sub-plot between Katelina and Jorick, which led to the question, "How far will someone go to protect someone they love?" The book starts when Katelina recalls finding Patrick (who is sort of a boyfriend but not really) dead in his apartment. Then she gets a phone call from someone telling her that he knows who killed Patrick. She debates on whether or not to go to an isolated spot to find out--and she finally decides to go. From there, her life drastically changes because all of the sudden she's thrown into a world filled with good and evil vampires, and some want to see her dead. I really enjoyed this book. I found the author's sense of humor wonderful, but even with humor, there are some serious moments. The key is to blend the two, and I thought the author succeeded very well with that. I would recommend this for readers who prefer more mature themes. For me, this was a definite plus. Sometimes I get bored of light reads and need something with more substance. It tackled just how evil some vampires could get, and that made me appreciate Jorick even more. Parts of it were spooky, like the house Jorick took Katelina to that had very odd people in it. That was my favorite part, especially when he warned her not to leave her bedroom until he came for her. Of course, I wanted to know why, and the author didn't disappoint me. The story did end with me wanting to read more, so I look forward to reading the next one in the series.
  • Over The Bridge on March 29, 2010

    This was one of those stories where I had to stop reading at night so I could wait until it was daylight. LOL The beginning is set up with a guy on a cell phone who gets this mysterious phone call warning him that he needs to follow the caller's instructions or else he'll end up dead. I do agree with the other reviewer who said that unlike other stories where the main character does something stupid, this guy was smart. I can't say too much without giving the story away, but let's say that what was coming was indeed as freaky as one would expect. Now I want to read everything by this author. I hope he continues to write more!
  • The Seduction of Gabriel Stewart on April 26, 2010

    This one is definitely a keeper, and I'd love to see what happens to this couple and if they ever got comfortable with the physical side of their relationship. If the author ever thinks of expanding the story, I'd be more than happy to read it. :-) This is one of the topics that I've found Christian couples (even today) struggle with. It's refreshing to see the truth of our bodies and how we can enjoy them with our spouse finally come to light in a book that is not afraid to blend the Christian faith with sex. (I, for one, am tired of the Christian romance market because it fails to shine light on the beauty of sex like this book does.) Very well done. I'm adding this author to my favorites!
  • 101 Tips for Traveling with a Vampire on May 05, 2010

    I really enjoyed this book. The tips are so funny and told from the point of view from the human main character in her other book Shades of Gray, which I thought was a neat twist. In fact, the character made sure to give a "truth vs. myth" prologue on vampires. It turns out Hollywood is wrong. *chuckle* Anyway, I'll just share a couple of my favorite tips to give you an idea of the humor you can find here: "Motels will not give you a discount because your friend is 'dead' so don't ask." and "Bottled water isn't only good to drink, it's handy for cleaning up messes; everything from left over carnage to those melted junior mints you accidentally sat on." In addition to the these tips were bonus tips on how to deal with your vampire. One example of that is this: "It's not that your vampire doesn't want to change into a bat in front of you, it's that they can't, so quit bugging them about it." I thought this book was original and refreshing. The pictures came out good and the verion had good formatting. It's a quick read which was fun and light-hearted. Sometimes it's good to sit back and laugh, and this book provided a very nice escape for me.
  • Rapid Recipes for Writers . . . And Other Busy People on Dec. 23, 2010

    Thank you for the recipe book. I hate cooking so this is perfect.
  • My Lord Hades on Dec. 26, 2010

    I've always been intrigued by the Greek myth of Hades and Persephone. However, as a warning to prospective readers, this is not an exact retelling of the classic myth. In this book, Hades fights the Titans to help Zeus become the chief god in exchange for the Sea, but Zeus dupes him and gives him the Underworld instead. In the middle of this, Hades stumbles upon the gardens where Demeter has been hiding her daughter, Persephone, for many years. It's love at first sight, and even as he tries to fight his growing attraction for her, he senses that she is the one who will complete him. I liked the secret admirer part of the book and how they first met, especially in light of the fact that she's never seen a man. Persephone, however, is only naiive and young on the surface. The truth is, she has secrets hidden in her past--secrets she doesn't remember due to Demeter supressing them. As the story unfolds, we are given pieces to the puzzle until the end, which is a lot of fun as I played the guessing game. Hades' reason for abducting Persephone is a good and solid one, so he's not the monster in abducting her that he's often portrayed as being in the classic myth. Even so, Persephone was taken against her will and is grasping with her new identity and has to learn who she once was, so she has her personal issues to deal with before she can embrace Hades completely. PS There are no vampires in the book. What I liked most about this book is that beneath Hades' hard exterior, he was tender in his love for Persephone, and for those of you who like virgin heroes, he qualifies. He can't kiss a woman without his passion nearly killing her which is why he's never had sex before. This is not a problem with Persephone who is the one meant for him, and when they do make love, it's steamy. So I classify this as a sexy read. And yes, Persephone is a virgin too, and as soon as he brings her to the Underworld, they are husband and wife as is the custom of that time. Oh, and Persephone is not the weakling that is often portrayed in the classic myth either, in case anyone wonders.
  • It Waits on Jan. 09, 2011

    This is edited from my earlier review. The author has since expanded the story. The thing that compelled me to read it was the cover, so excellent job on that. The short story is about a creature that lurks in hiding to feed on something that will satisfy its appetite. There are definitely some wonderful horror elements in here that I especially enjoyed. And the ending was awesome. I enjoyed it and will check out more work from this author in the future.
  • Dragons Fire and The Brave Little Prince on Jan. 13, 2011

    As a mother of four young boys, this was a great book to read to them. They loved the dragon, and without spoiling it, I just want to say the way the royal family resolved the issue with the dragon was wonderful. These are the kind of messages kids should be receiving, in my opinion. There are some good moral lessons such as taking time to listen to the other side and compromising so everyone can be happy. This is a true fairy tale told in such a way that children enjoy. I look forward to more books by this author.
  • Surviving the Theseus on Feb. 01, 2011

    Regina, a SOAD officer, is on what's supposed to be a vacation when she wakes up and realizes everyone on the space cruise ship is gone. All that's left of them are their clothes. Since she's used to danger and fighting, she arms herself and prepares to fight whatever enemy is responsible for this. She runs into two people who may or may not have the answers as to what is going on, and I really enjoyed snippets of the conversation where Regina overheard the man telling the woman they needed to tell Regina but the woman refusing to go along with the idea. Meanwhile, there's a group of people who are given the task of finding the space ship Regina is on, and when they get on board Regina's ship, some of the dots start connecting up because Regina's two companions (and I use that term loosely) are finally beginning to talk. I won't give away anymore because it would spoil it, but this is a great thriller. Wondering what in the world was going on kept me going back to my Kindle to find out what would happen next. The invisible enemy tracking them down and the strange orange light that would periodically show up were definite pluses. This book is action packed so there's never a dull moment. The reason all those people disappeared was actually an unexpected twist which I enjoyed a lot. As for character development, Regina had significant changes to her personality. It was intriguing to watch her gain feeling and softness. I can't say more without spoiling the end of the book, but I was satisfied with the ending and how she ended up because it revealed so much about how she got to be how she was in the first place--and some people would label that as 'cold'. My final thought on this book is that it's for adults only. Mature themes, sexual and violent, are in here, and I would give it an 'R' if this was a movie.
  • The Human Web on Feb. 04, 2011

    I really liked this book. What got me to buy it was the idea of doing life after death experiments. I enjoy that kind of thing. I had hoped it would be Biblically sound, and I was very pleased to find out it was. I'd say the primarily audience are Christians; however, I wouldn't limit it to that group but be aware that there are Christian overtones (just as the author labeled it in the genre selection). I see some books given poor reviews because the reader didn't know it was Christian fiction, which is the only reason I bring it up. If the Christian message upsets you, you won't enjoy reading this. Now onto the book. The plot is solid and original. Stanley and Valerie Cooper are running experiments to see if there is life after death. The point comes when Stanley experiments on himself--telling his wife to make him clinically dead and then bring him back in a half hour. It is along this venture that he steps out of this world and into the next where angels and demons come for him. What grabbed me was the unique twist the author took in the spiritual realm. The demons are building a human web. They are taking souls of the lost people and connecting them all over the world. When this web is complete, angels will no longer be allowed to intervene on humans' behalf and the demons will fnally get to run amok doing whatever they want to on the Earth. It's up to Stanley to stop them. But the question is how? "Big Brother" is watching everything he does, so the task will not prove easy. For those who love futurist stories where our every move is being monitored by the government, this will be a thrill. But the story also alternates between the past(2020s) to the future (2060s) so you get the cause and effect scenario. It was neat to see how one person, Calvin, made a few decisions back in the 2020s that affected the entire world in the 2060s. This is definitely worth a read, and I look forward to reading more of this author's work in the future.
  • Adam (Vampire Morsels) on Feb. 11, 2011

    This story is exactly why I don't go following strange noises down a dark alley. In my opinion, this is a refreshing change from the teen lovelorn vampire story I typically run across when browsing through books. I really enjoyed this peak into Joleene Naylor's world of vampires and look forward to reading more about the characters featured in the Amaranthine world.
  • The Day Long Since Seen on Feb. 14, 2011

    I liked the twist at the end.
  • The Silver Lining on Feb. 17, 2011

    Warning: bring a tissue with you when you read this story. It's about an old woman who opens her small box to look at a paper heart. As she looks at it, she remembers the day her special needs child made it. I won't give away more and spoil it, but you definitely need to have a tissue on hand when reading it because it'll bring tears to your eyes. It's definitely bittersweet.
  • Simply Put: Self-Publishing Basics on March 11, 2011

    This is a great book for someone to begin in the world of self-publishing. It discusses different places you can self-publish for free or cheap (which is important because I wasted $10,000 on vanity presses over six years and wish a book like this came to my attention when I started out in 2002 on my journey). The author gave great tips on formatting the interior file for both paperbacks and ebooks. She also gave tips on making book covers. All I can add to what she did is to say places like and have royalty-free pictures ranging from $5 to $10 you can safely use on your cover. I didn't realize you couldn't use Microsoft Word's clip art on a cover, and thankfully, I haven't, though I almost did one time. So that was a very useful tip. She also discusses ISBNs, links to useful sites, and good reasons to self-publish. She also gave a couple of marketing tips, and I have to echo her in not wanting to come off being obnoxious about having your book out there by mentioning it all the time. I like her marketing approach and think other authors can benefit from it as well. This is a great guide for someone new at self-publishing, and the easy to understand language is a huge plus. So yes, this is worth the read, and even if you're not so new, you might learn something new.
  • Liberty for Paul (Regency Historical Romance) on March 18, 2011

    This book was so much fun to read! The thing that stands out the most is the author's sense of humor. Even in the worst of circumstances for the characters, the author was able to word things in such a way that had me laughing. Like when Liberty's being forced to marry Paul, and before the wedding, her sister and mother instruct her on her wedding night but are too afraid to name the male privates but just tell Liberty that Paul will 'touch her with it'. In light of the fact that Liberty is horrified enough to be marrying Paul, her reaction to her mother and sister's well meaning spiel was just too funny. The humor was what kept me up most of the night reading the book, but what compelled me to buy this book was the plot. Paul and Liberty meet, and Liberty thinks Paul is a huge bore so she doesn't like him. From there, they become enemies, and Liberty is determined to get her revenge on Paul so she sneaks into his room while he's bathing and takes all of his clothes. (The fact that she can't keep her eyes off his private area while she's trying to get him to promise to cut all ties with her father was funny too.) Her parents and the butler catch her, and the butler ends up creating a scandal about the whole thing, saying she was trying to seduce Paul. The next thing Paul and Liberty know, they're being forced to marry. I love the arch enemies forced into married plot. I also love the virgin hero characteristic. I should add here that the fact that he is a virgin becomes very important in the book later on, but I won't spoil it. So Liberty who values propriety above all else marries Paul who wants to see the real Liberty. The evolving of their relationship from hate to love was done gently and tenderly. For example, he gave her a journal to start recording whenever she smiled and told her that she becomes beautiful whenever she smiles. Liberty had a hard time believing it due to her plain appearance, but that was one of the most touching scenes I've read in a long time. The book was actually full of such tender moments, and I couldn't help but love both of these characters. Mix humor with tenderness and you end up with a definite keeper for your bookshelf. Definitely worth 5+ stars! I highly recommend this book.
  • eBook Magic: An Overall Approach to Writing and Selling E-books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes and Everywhere Else on April 13, 2011

    There is a lot of great advice in here. I won't go over them all, but being passionate about what you're writing, keep on writing and publishing when sales drop, and why top profiled books prevail are right on from what I've experienced. He uses his personal experience to back up what he's saying, which I also liked. Some other things that I think are useful are his tips on making a writing schedule, and I liked seeing his and how the numbers can add up fast for writing and publishing books. So if you're struggling with finishing books, I think you'll find his tips helpful. Other topics covered in this book include why finding a niche is important, limiting your marketing time so you have more time to write, and the importance of shelf space. Anyway, from my experience what he says in this book is accurate, so I do suggest taking the time to read it.
  • Alexander (Vampire Morsels) on April 15, 2011

    I really enjoyed this one. Alexander and his family were among my favorite characters in Shades of Gray, so it was fun to get a deeper look into their lives. He longs for a normal childhood, but sadly, he'll never have one. I won't spoil it, but the ending was a powerful one. Definitely one that will stick with you!
  • Intentions of the Earl (Regency Historical Romance) on April 19, 2011

    I read the second book, Liberty for Paul, first, and it was hard to decide which book I enjoyed more. I finally decided this one is my favorite, so far, in the books Rose Gordon has written. I have yet to read book 3, so we'll see if my opinion changes. Anyway, this was a fun read. Andrew Black is not one of those rakes I often read about in regency romances, and that was a huge selling point for me. Instead, Andrew is coerced into agreeing to ruin the reputation of one of the daughters in the Banks family to get them to run back to America. What endeared me to Andrew right away was his reluctance to do it. This is a hero with a conscience who feels torn between doing what is right and doing what he knows is wrong. I really liked this hero. Rose Gordon's heroes are men I'd fall in love with in real life, so it's no wonder Brooke Banks fell in love with Andrew. He shows up at the residence where Brooke and her family are staying, and when the two first meet, the chemistry is immediate. She fools him into believing she decorated a gaudy room, which was hilarious. From there, the two get to know each other, and they share a few kisses. I will say the kisses are some of the best scenes I've read. Rose Gordon has a way of making the chemistry between these two jump off the page. Andrew does succeed in ruining Brooke's reputation (and if anyone wonders, they didn't go all the way but the scene was pretty hot), and yes, they were discovered. I won't spoil the rest of the book except to say the end of this book had the most romantic ending I've ever read. All I can say is any woman would be thrilled to be married to a man like Andrew! So if you like to laugh, love tender and sensual scenes, and want to read about heroes who are sweethearts, this book will fit perfectly.
  • Arowenia (Vampire Morsels) on April 24, 2011

    I read Shades of Gray and was interested in her kidnapping, and this story leads up to that from her point of view. It gives a better look at her life, something I often wondered about. I agree that this is a book where looks are deceiving because it appears she has a wonderful life, but when you take a deeper look, you find that things aren't so perfect after all. As a side note, the fountain was chilling!
  • To Win His Wayward Wife (Regency Historical Romance) on July 08, 2011

    I really enjoyed the first two books, and to be honest, I can't remember the last time I had so much fun reading romances. There's something about Rose Gordon's style and humor that pulls you in and makes you care so much about the characters that you wait in expectation for that magic moment where they confess their love to each other. I've enjoyed all of the characters in these books, but what made this one my favorite of the three was the hero and his great love for Madison. The hero in this book (intentionally left out of the description for the shock value in chapter 2) has secretly loved Madison for years. She had no idea he loved her, and that was what eventually made this book my favorite one. The pining hero is very romantic. I didn't suspect the hero was who he turned out to be, and yes, I was shocked. He was the last person I expected, and I honestly wondered how the author would pull it off since I didn't like him at all after reading Intentions of the Earl. But she did pull it off. His tenderness toward Madison was wonderful. The wedding night blunder did look bad from Madison's point of view, but I understood what he was really telling her and as bad as it was, the real meaning was actually endearing because he held her in such high esteem that he could never think of her the way her horrible ex-suitor did. The ex-suitor, by the way, wants her back, and he had some surprising characteristics that were the mark of a good villain. The romance that developed between the hero and Madison felt natural and pulled me into loving these two, and I felt fully immersed in the time period. I look forward to reading more of Rose Gordon's books in the future. Oh, and if anyone wonders, this book is wonderfully sensual. It was spicier than the first two, in my opinion, and I did enjoy that. Madison and the hero's first time was one of the best sex scenes I've ever read because of the emotional build-up to it and how satisfactory it was for her. If you read the book, you'll know why it was so important she enjoy sex with the hero.
  • Rashnar on July 10, 2011

    This was a fun book. I enjoy lighter fantasies that have a basis in our ordinary world here on Earth. Jack, Phillip, and Tracy are from Earth, and they don't know each other. We are given a look into their lives to see the ups and downs they faced. This is the kind of thing I enjoy because I liked the background information. Their lives on Earth (and how well or bad it was) did affect how they adjusted to being pulled into another realm. While they are going about their lives, each one slips into Rashnar where each is given a special weapon they will use to fight the dark threat coming to Rashnar and its people. And if the teens don't stop this threat, it'll eventually take over the realm we live in, too. I enjoyed this book. Like I said, it was a light read. The teens who didn't know each other developed a good friendship. They had a couple of good adventures where they learned something about the realm and each other. What I enjoyed the most was what this being from another realm who wanted to take over Rashnar wanted to do with the people on Rashnar. The threat was indeed a profound one. The book does end on a huge cliff hanger, as the author says.
  • Krae (Book 2 of the Kantura World series) on July 10, 2011

    This story opens where the other left off, in the middle of the battle where it looked bad for Tracy. In case someone reads the review of this before reading the first book, I won't say whether Tracy lived or died. But the threat coming to the realm was still on its way, and Dashan is leading the way for the power behind him to take over the realm. This threat has been going to different realms to take over, and anyone who refuses to be a servant will die. So the stakes are high, and if this threat isn't stopped, our realm will be up on the chopping block, so to speak. What I liked best about this book is the twist that came in the final battle where the good guy (Roshan) who is helping the teens has to confront the bad guy (Dashan). This is where the reader learns a very neat tidbit about the two. That was my favorite part. This does complete the story started in book 1 (Rashnar). The author mentioned wanting feedback on whether we'd be interested in reading more tales from this world, and I would like to vote yes.
  • Five Little Caskets on Aug. 12, 2011

    Aside from the aliens, this is a rather grim but realistic view of a possible future for America. I've often wondered what it might look like if America fell completely apart, and the author did a great job connecting up the dots. Also, there was a significant part of the story that surprised me at the end, and I'm actually glad for the twist or else I might have spent the rest of the evening depressed. I don't want to spoil it, but it has to do with the title. It's a compelling story that's worth reading. I enjoyed it a lot. The only thing I can think of that would have made it better is if there was a follow-up scene to see what the hero's life was like after he put the five little caskets into the ground.
  • A Firefly Dream on Aug. 12, 2011

    I read this to my kids who are in grade school, and they really enjoyed it. Their favorite part was the ending when the firefly's dream came true. (My favorite part was when the firefly was born, but that's not surprising since I'm a mom.) It's a great story about pursuing a goal that's important to us, even if others don't think it can be done.
  • The Beast in the Mirror on Feb. 19, 2012

    This is a short story. It's perfect if you're looking for something sweet and light that you can read in under half an hour. With that disclaimer aside, the story ia about Christopher who dated a witch who (upon being dumped) cursed him with a beastly face. Horrified, he ran and hid in some ruins. The story begins when he's been there for a couple of years, always reminded of his hideous appearance whenever he looks into a mirror that he can't break. Rose, the heroine, is an artist who takes an interest in the ruins. From the moment he sees her, he falls in love with her but knows she'll never love someone as ugly as him. Unable to resist her, he talks to her from another room but refuses to let her see him. I won't say any more because I don't want to spoil it, but I enjoyed how being alone for years forced Christopher to understand why being a playboy wasn't a good way to live. I also enjoyed the sweet tone to the story and the moral that real beauty is on the inside, not the outside. There is a twist at the end which was neat, too. It's something I can't recall being done in any versions of the Beauty and the Beast type of stories I've read. So I recommend it for people who want something short, light and sweet.
  • The Gnome on April 29, 2012

    I really enjoy this horror novel. It starts out with Tara Reed inheriting her grandmother's house, and on the first day she moves in, the sheriff, Jake Tyler, warns her that even though her grandmother was reported as dying from a heart attack, she had made a call to 911 saying "something" was after her. This sets the stage for what happens in the rest of the book. At first, Tara notices small things, like strange noises and the lawm gnome shifting positions. She assumes it's a prank by some local kids having fun, but she's soon to find out it's far more sinister than that. When her friends come for a visit, they find themselves in a horrifying struggle for survival. I won't spoil the book, but I will say I enjoyed not being able to tell what would happen next. I'd think the story was going to go in one direction, but it would veer off in another. I really liked the twist at the end on how the human sacrifice was resolved. It wasn't what I expected, and I thought it was a clever way to resolve things. Plus, it had a very sweet romantic subplot, so if you like some horror and mystery with a dose of romance, you might enjoy this book.
  • Sapphire Blue in the Straw (Jenny's Story) on Feb. 24, 2013

    I loved the set up for this romance--a hero who needs a cane to walk because of an accident early in life. The heroine (Jenny) doesn't notice the hero (Ron) until he saves her life. After that, she tries to become friends with him, but for some reason, he won't let her close to him. She ends up giving up. Years later after college, their paths cross once more, and when Ron's father has a heart attack, they are thrown together by a couple of meddling (but sweet) mothers who hope to make a love match. I really like romances that feature a crippled hero who has to learn that he's worthy of love, and this novella didn't disappoint. It's a sweet romance. The characters are likable, and I love how that the economic differences between Jenny's family and Ron's family didn't prevent them from getting along. It's people (not money) that is ultimately important. That was a wonderful lesson that was presented in the book, in addition to the love that looks beyond someone's outward appearance to seeing the value within.
  • Lilac in the Spring on March 09, 2013

    Wow! This was such a beautiful Christian romance. It's my new favorite of all the author's books. I love the plot: a wallflower type of teenage heroine who falls in love with a gorgeous upperclassman and holds onto the memory of that one special evening she spent with him only to end up working with him when they're adults. Helen is awkward and plainer than her fellow classmates in high school, and she's sitting alone at a dance when she falls down. Kurt, the popular guy who has his choice of girls, rushes to help her up and dances with her to ease her from embarrassment. From there, they exchange a few hellos in the hallway but soon he graduates and moves on. A few years later, she's working at a publishing company, and the new editor hired to train her is Kurt. Is this the chance she's been waiting for to be with him at long last? This story was just so beautiful. You were never quite sure if Kurt returned Helen's feelings or not. There were moments where it seemed that he might, but then the moment would go away and you were left wondering. In everything he did, he was respectful toward her. This is the kind of hero you can fall in love with again and again.
  • Love Comes to Cookesville on Sep. 01, 2014

    Love Comes to Cookesville features two romances, but they are wrapped up in the same story. One is between Wade and Hope, and the other is between Jason (aka Jay) and Shayla. After Jason broke Wade's trust, the possibility of him ever marrying Shayla (Wade's sister) was destroyed. Turning to drugs and alcohol to deaden the pain of his betrayal, he ends up falling in the wrong crowd and living a very loose life, running from one woman to another, never satisfied with any of them. Shayla, tired of watching this, decides it's time to go live with her brother Wade and help him with the horses. Meanwhile, Hope is coming to Arizona in hopes of finding a long-lost relative. Not knowing where this relative might be, she decides to work for Wade, but just as soon as they start developing feelings for each other, something happens which forces her to leave without saying anything. (I won't say what because I don't want to spoil it.) But there are a couple questions that pop up. Can Jason do anything to redeem himself and restore the friendship he lost with Wade and his future with Shayla? Will Hope find her long-lost relative? Is all hopeless for Wade who's been longing for love for the longest time only to find it elude him when he thought he would get it? My favorite character was Wade. He was such a sweetheart, and he was a very sympathetic character. To top it off, he was a virgin, something hard to find, especially in contemporary romances. What I liked most about this book is how imperfect the characters were. I love to see characters who've really messed up, realize it, and try to better themselves. And while Wade was a sweetheart, even he had his moments. So what we're really dealing with are characters who are human. They have faults, but by their actions they show it's possible to be redeemed. I also enjoyed the love scenes, which happened after marriage, because they were realistic. If you like these kinds of romances, I believe you'll enjoy this book.