Monday, August 29, 2016

You didn’t write to tell me you were coming

She headed for the mirrored, glassed-in cabinets and the counters where silver trays of different chocolates battled for attention with the delicious and decadent truffles, tarts and candied delicacies that made the store so colorful. The floor near these shelves always ended up with a certain amount of mess made by the clerks handling the trays of goodies.
The bell over the door of Beaux Rêves (Sweet Dreams) rang and caught her attention. Her patisserie shop, situated in one of the busier areas in Paris, was always crazy during the day and even into the evening. She wasn’t surprised to see more customers at this time.
At first, shadows darkened the face of the woman who entered. Though once she stepped into the light, she looked strangely familiar.
“Hello, Annie.”
The sweet timbre of her voice brought instant recognition.
“Rose!” The mop fell to the floor with a bang. Anne rushed to embrace the woman who had been like a mother to her when she was a young girl of eighteen. Leaving home—her first time away—and living as an exchange student in a small Texas town, and experiencing the strange environment of a ranch had been a struggle. This woman had added joy and given her a year she’d never forgotten. “You didn’t write to tell me you were coming. I would have met you at the airport. How very wonderful! Are you here alone?” 

Excerpt from Love Me Tender by Mimi Barbour 
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Appreciate the beauty of this novel

Jess Steven Hughes is a retired police detective sergeant with twenty-five years experience in criminal investigation and a former U.S. Marine. He holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration and a minor in Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations from the University of Southern California. He is also a horseman, and he draws on all his skills into writing his great historical fiction books. I am thrilled to find his review of my novel, Dancing with Air:

on August 29, 2016
This is a powerful yet poignant story of great passion and deep sorrow. The themes are Alzheimer Disease in the present (1970) and flashback to the dangerous period of World War II London, England, 1944. Both are united by a love that lasts a lifetime.

Lenny, a former U.S. Marine, is married to Natasha, a brilliant concert pianist, now suffering from the ravages of Alzheimer Disease. They are at a clinic where Natasha is undergoing tests. He knows there is little that can be done for her, but he still has hope.

While Lenny waits for Natasha to complete the tests, he recalls their time together in wartime London, before they were married. As a Marine he was assigned to the American Embassy, working on a secret intelligence mission that could change the course of World War II.

Natasha came to London, under the auspices of the USO, as a pianist to entertain the troops, much to Lenny's surprise and consternation.

Regardless, their love for one another, which had started in the States, intensified and grew to a passionate crescendo.

I will not give away the rest of the story. You must read Author, Uvi Poznansky's vividly written descriptions in order to appreciate the beauty of this novel, something in no way can I come close to emulating. Well done, deserving five stars.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

She's small, but she sails like a dream

Derrick was the first to board the bigger boat. He tied off the dinghy securely and then gave both Anna and Timmy a hand into the sailboat.
"It's gorgeous!" Anna smoothed her hand along the wooden rail, its deep, glossy finish glinting in the bright light of the clear morning. The brass fittings were buffed and shined, reflecting the sun's rays like so many mirrors.
As he unloaded the supplies from the dinghy, he said, "Thanks. I went in with a couple of my buddies and we bought it this past spring when Tim and I first moved to Bayview." He stopped long enough to look up at the single, tall mast. "She's small, but she sails like a dream."

Excerpt Derrick by Donna Fasano 
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Friday, August 26, 2016

Exceptional romance. Incredible history.

Jan Romes is the author of witty contemporary romance books, and a part-time fitness trainer. She also enjoys growing pumpkins and sunflowers. I am thrilled to find her review of my WWII romance novel, Dancing with Air:

on August 26, 2016
The only way to describe this book is that it's a 'work of art'. The author painted an incredible picture with her words in this historical romance set in WWII. I absolutely loved Lenny and Natasha's characters. Lenny's loyalty to both Natasha and his country were exceptional. Natasha shared her gift of music with the troops to boost morale. She won me over on so many instances in this book but especially in one particular scene when she allowed her intuition to rule the moment and not her emotions. The author presented Lenny and Natasha with many situations that could've ended their relationship, but their love triumphed. Ms. Poznansky did an awesome job with this story.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

I’ll let you play with my snorkel

Locking the door of the café behind her, Celia glanced up, barely recognizing her reflection in the glass door. Her hair was loose around her face, softening the angles. Dax joined her, putting his arms around her and resting his chin on her head. They smiled at one another, then she turned in his embrace. “I love you.”
He kissed her, letting his family move on a few steps ahead. “I love you too.” He moved them so they looked up at the wooden signage that had taken two weeks to arrive. “Ambrosia by the Sea. You are officially in business.”
“Thank heaven I didn’t have to wait on that damn thing.” Celia shook her head. “It hasn’t been easy.” She entwined their fingers together.
“Was it worth it?”
“Every nail-biting second. I’d put so much emphasis on something that didn’t matter, in the end.”
“Let’s go to the beach,” he whispered in her ear. “I’ll let you play with my snorkel.”
Celia laughed and pushed against his solid chest. “Deal.”

Excerpt from Ambrosia by the Sea by Traci Hall 
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Emotionally Gripping!

I love this review by Kevin of my WWII romance novel, Dancing with Air:

on August 9, 2016
Dancing with Air (Still Life with Memories Book 4) is a beautifully written and powerfully, emotional story that will stay with you long after you finish reading it. It tells of a love story that takes place in the pre-invasion days of the Normandy Coast during World War Two. The authors attention to historical details of the era is impressive and well researched, which thoroughly enhances the plot ten fold. This story can be read as a stand alone novel, but I would highly recommend reading the entire series. In times of war and sickness, Love is but the one thing that prevails and can never be conquered. I loved reading this story and I'm sure it will deeply touch you too.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

I think I would have known you anywhere

The sun reflected bluish hues in his black hair, swept back from where he had run his hands through it to keep it out of his eyes. The moment he smiled, perfect teeth and deep dimples were revealed. Even though his tee shirt was dirty and grass stained, it didn’t do anything to distract from his broad chest and taunt muscles. His high cheekbones and chiseled chin gave him his all American good looks, and was probably one of the reasons he was such a highly sought after leading man.
Charity was completely awestruck by his presence and boyish charm. She stopped dead in her tracks and tried to breath. When she didn’t move, David walked the rest of the way to meet them. 
He held his hand out to her. “Charity.” His large hands swallowed hers. “Charles has told me so much about you. I think I would have known you anywhere.”

Excerpt from Concealed in My Heart by Regina Puckett 
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