Come Celebrate Maine! Book Signing & Author Chat

Bette A. Stevens’ new book, MY MAINE, is a lovely collection of her poetry and photography. If you’re in the area, stop by Newport Cultural Center in Newport, Maine on Wednesday, October 23 at 6:00. More details below.

Bette A. Stevens, Maine Author

Come celebrate Maine with author Bette A. Stevens!

Hartland-based author Bette A. Stevens will showcase her latest release—My Maine, Haiku through the Seasons—at The Newport Cultural Center, 154 Main St. Newport ME on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 6 p.m.

Book Blurb

Inspired by The Pine Tree State—Maine’s diverse landscape, natural beauty, rural communities, and independent people—the author’s 150 haiku poems, along with 47 of her photographs, take readers on a poetic journey through the state’s four seasons. The collection also includes symbols and interesting facts about Maine.

What Readers are saying

“Arranged by season, each poem is an exquisite snapshot of life in Maine—its landscapes, wildlife, people, pastimes, heritage, and communities.” ~D.W. Peach, author

“Bette’s style is so captivating that one reading of this book is not enough. I have read it twice but would keep returning to this book to savor the charm…

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A Wedding in December

By Sarah Morgan

 

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This funny, charming and heartwarming new Christmas novel is USA TODAY bestselling author Sarah Morgan at her festive best! 

In the snowy perfection of Aspen, the White family gathers for youngest daughter Rosie’s whirlwind Christmas wedding. First to arrive are the bride’s parents, Maggie and Nick. Their daughter’s marriage is a milestone they are determined to celebrate wholeheartedly, but they are hiding a huge secret of their own: they are on the brink of divorce. After living apart for the last six months, the last thing they need is to be trapped together in an irresistibly romantic winter wonderland.

Rosie’s older sister, Katie, is also dreading the wedding. Worried that impulsive, sweet-hearted Rosie is making a mistake, Katie is determined to save her sister from herself! If only the irritatingly good-looking best man, Jordan, would stop interfering with her plans…

Bride-to-be Rosie loves her fiancé but is having serious second thoughts. Except everyone has arrived—how can she tell them she’s not sure? As the big day gets closer, and emotions run even higher, this is one White family Christmas none of them will ever forget!

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My Review

This is one of the funniest stories I have ever read!  Besides humor, the story was heartwarming. Even though it had its ups and downs, I enjoyed every minute of it.  Often, I felt Katie was overbearing, but meeting Jordan, the best man in her sister’s wedding, softened her. Rosie was flighty and let her sister’s doubts sniggle their way into her mind bringing doubts about her upcoming wedding. Then add to the drama of the sisters, their parents, Maggie and Nick, brought their own spectacle to this comical, romantic  Christmas tale.

The characters were well-drawn, and the storyline was fascinating. There were a lot of loose ends, but the author did a wonderful job tying the story together, creating a book worth reading.  I recommend A WEDDING IN DECEMBER to anyone who loves reading about sisters, enjoys humor, and a Christmas romance.

My thanks to NetGalley for providing a copy of A WEDDING IN DECEMBER in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author

USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes romance and contemporary women’s fiction and her trademark humour and warmth have gained her fans across the globe. Sarah lives near London, England, and when she isn’t reading or writing she loves being outdoors.

A WEDDING IN DECEMBER, a fun family drama set around the festive season, is out in the US/Canada Sept 24 and the UK Oct 31.

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Through the Eyes of a Captive

(The Wildflower Women Collection Book 3)

By Angela Christina Archer

 

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“It is observed that in any great endeavor, it is not enough for a person to depend solely on himself.” ~ Lakota Proverb

Several men have claimed responsibility for killing Custer, but what if it wasn’t a man? What if it was a woman?

They called it a terrible glory and the last great battle for the American West. While the battle of the Little Bighorn was the last stand by Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer against the Lakota tribes, to Lily Sinclair it was the last stand between her old life and her new beginning.

After her in-laws squander away the family fortune, Lily and her husband, Alfred, head out west to the mountains of Montana, the only land available to poor people and far away from the debts haunting them. When a band of Cherokee warriors attacks their wagon train along the way, they kill her husband and take her captive, selling her to a Lakota tribe for the price of several horses.

Widowed Lakota warrior Tahatan has vowed never to take another bride after his wife’s death. However, he soon finds himself forced into a marriage with the outspoken, yellow-haired Yankee, who challenges every thought in his head.

With Custer’s sights set on the hidden gold in the depths of the Black Hills, the Colonel begins his warpath on the tribal villages. Can Lily overcome the demons of her past and defend Tahatan and his people? Or will she betray them all for the actions against her dead husband, killing someone she never believed she would in the process?

Through the Eyes of a Captive is the third beautifully written and compelling historical romance by Angela Christina Archer. If you love sweet and sensual romance with strong heroines who carve their own path in the history books, then you will love The Wildflower Women Collection. Unlock this amazing story, as well as, the others in the collection today.

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My Review

This is a well-scripted story of Lily Sinclair, who left Washington, DC with her husband, Alfred, to go west.  A rogue group of American Indians attacked their entourage, and she was among the few captives.  They killed all the others in the attack. Her capturers traded her to a Lakota tribe where she had a choice to live under the protection of a warrior or become a slave.  I won’t give you any more of the story so you can enjoy reading the book.

I knew before I even started this book it was one I would absolutely love, and I was not disappointed. First, I am a huge fan of historical fiction.  I also have a love of the adventures of those who lived during the early years of Western American history. Lily was a strong female character (my favorite character type). She was brave and willing to learn the ways of the Lakota.  She met a widowed warrior, Tahatan, who through his kindness and decency, protected her and taught her about the Lakota, and with whom she fell in love.

If you are a fan of historical fiction, romance, adventure, and strong female characters, I recommend you snuggle up in your favorite chair and get lost in the pages of THROUGH THE EYES OF A CAPTIVE.

 

Author Bio

Welcome to my little corner of the internet! So, who am I? Well, it’s quite simple, actually. I’m a history-lovin’ author who writes in her fuzzy pants and loves her horses! My stories have a pinch of sweetness, a dash of spice, and a dollop of history. Sound interesting? Then slip into your petticoats and curl up on the couch while I transport you to the past!

Growing up in Nevada, reading was always a pastime that took second place to trail riding and showing horses. When I did find the time in my youth to curl up with a book, I found enjoyment in the Saddle Club Series, the Sweet Valley High series, and the classics of Anne of Green Gables, The Box Car Children, and Little House on the Prairie. Although writing always piqued my curiosity, it wasn’t until September 2009 that I worked up the courage to put my passion to paper and started my debut novel. With a love of history, it wasn’t hard for me to pick the Historical Romance genre.

I live on a ranch with my husband, two daughters, and many farm animals. When I’m not writing, I spend my days from dawn to dusk as a stay at home, homeschooling mom. I also work in my garden and take care of my many farm animals, as well as, I love to bake and cook from scratch. While I don’t show horses anymore, I still love to trail ride my paint horse, Honky, as well as, I enjoy teaching my daughters how to ride their horses, Sunburst and Cowboy.

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The Gift Counselor

By Sheila M. Cronin

 

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It’s “Christmas in July”; there’s holly in your heart. What better time to read THE GIFT COUNSELOR? This story presents an intuitive woman who helps people choose good gifts, her ten-year-old son who wants a dog she won’t let him have, and the man who enters and changes their lives. Set in Southern California, The Gift Counselor is a timeless mix of holiday cheer, family drama, romance, spiritual and psychological insights ~ all wrapped up in humor. Book club recommended.

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My Review

THE GIFT COUNSELOR was a wonderful surprise!! It wasn’t at all what I expected. There is a lot going on in the story, but it is so well told you will never feel lost. What a delightful idea to introduce a gift counselor. I liked the premise of the book and loved Jonquil, a single mom and psychologist, with the drive to make her new part-time job into something permanent. This is one of those books you can’t put down.

The author did a delightful job weaving a novel story and creating beautifully fleshed out characters. Rita, who became Jonquil’s dear friend, would do anything to help Jonquil and her son, Billy. Then there was Claude, owner of the construction company that was working on the construction site next door to Jonquil’s apartment. These and the other characters were the honest, hard-working people you would want to include in your circle of friends.

I came across some errors in grammar and spelling, which though annoying, were minor. This is not uncommon in self-published books. However, the self-published often offer something fresh to our reading choices, as did THE GIFT COUNSELOR.

I am looking forward to reading book 2 in the series. Anyone who enjoys light Christian fiction and stories of Christmas would relish this story.

Author Bio

Sheila M. Cronin is the author of The Gift Counselor, winner of the Beverly Hills Book Award, and Best of All Gifts, a sequel. Her stories have appeared in Woman’s World Magazine, The Golden Domer, Good Old Days Magazine and Spark. Cronin lives in Chicago.

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Four letter word

Sue Vincent explains the meaning of love.

The Silent Eye

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“Who do you love best?”

I overheard a conversation between mother and her small child and remembered my own sons asking me this question when they were very small. I imagine it is one many children throw at their parents and we reassure them, almost automatically, that we love them the same. It isn’t true, though is it? We may love them equally… in fact, I think by the very word love we are assuring them that we do, but we don’t love them ‘the same’.

Have you ever stopped to think about it? Such a small word for such a range of human emotions! The love we have for parent, sibling, friend, child or lover is always different. The colour of love may change, but it is impossible to quantify and all its colours, like those of the spectrum, blend and merge to make a love that…

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Secrets of the Trunk, Abby & Holly Series, Book 3

By JANICE SPINA

Illustrations & Cover by John Spina

 

Book Blurb

Join Abby and Holly in Book 3 as the cousins discover a new presence in their old Victorian while they are cleaning out the library of old books. They are not sure if this specter is benign or otherwise. This being leads them to the old trunk they discovered in Book 2 which holds many secrets and puzzles that they feel compelled to solve. They enlist the help of their ghost friend, Felicity, who inhabits their home. She is a benevolent entity that once lived in their house from a century ago. She watches over the girls and vows never to leave them unless they request her to do so. There will be surprises and ghostly visits that will keep readers enthralled as Abby and Holly work together to uncover the secrets of the trunk.

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My Review

This is a skillfully written story that logically follows Book 2 in the series.  Abby and Holly are determined to solve the mystery of the old trunk and elicit the help of their ghost friends, Felicity and Minerva.  When things get a bit out of hand and turn dangerous, the girls turn to their moms and to Abby’s dad for help.

Abby and Holly are typical young middle-grade girls who are adventurous, sweet, kindhearted, and thoughtful. Their ghost friends are helpful and caring.  All the characters are well drawn and believable, that is unless you don’t believe in ghosts.

As with all the author’s children’s books, this book instills life lessons, especially that everyone should treat all others with respect.  The life lessons introduced in Secrets of the Trunk are how to handle the unexpected and how to overcome disappointments.

I loved this book, as I have all the other middle-grade books by Janice Spina.  I recommend it as a book for your middle-grade child to read by themselves or as a book you’ll read together.

I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

 

About the Author

Janice Spina is an award-winning author with twelve children’s books, and five YA/MG/P/T books, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Books 1-5, Abby & Holly Series, Books 1-3, copy editor, blogger, book reviewer and supporter of fellow authors.

Her logo is Jemsbooks – books for all ages! Her motto is – Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! Come soar with Jemsbooks! Happy reading!

Janice’s hobbies besides writing are crocheting, exercising to keep in shape, going to the movies with her husband or out to lunch or dinner, reading, book reviewing, blogging and spending time with her five grandchildren who are her writing inspiration.

Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates and happily welcomes reviews.

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Dee and Deb Off They Go – Kindergarten First Day Jitters

by Donna M. McDine

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The anxiety of finding one’s own place and friends in kindergarten without the comfort of having her fraternal twin sister nearby at first overwhelms Dee. Until she realizes even without her twin, Dee and her classmates for the most part are in the same boat. Suggested age range for readers: 3-8

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My Review

Dee and Deb are twins and are going to kindergarten.  They worry about meeting new friends.

The first day of kindergarten, or any grade, or the first day at a new school can cause anxiety in any child.  Donna McDine’s story can ease that anxiety for a young child when they realize that Dee and Deb made friends and had a good time doing many new and fun things.  The story is realistic and features adorable pictures by Jack Foster, an award-winning illustrator.

If you have a young child in your life who will be entering kindergarten (or a new school), I highly recommend you read this book together.

I received a copy of this book by the author in exchange for my honest review.

About Donna M. McDine

Multi-award-winning children’s author, Donna McDine’s creative side had laid dormant for many years until her desire to write sparked in 2007. With six children’s picture books to her credit:

• Angel’s Forever Home ~ March 2019 ~ Mascot Books

• Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters (Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention & The Story Monster Approved 2015 Award);

• Sandy Grave (Purple Dragonfly 2014 Award First Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved and Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014);

• Powder Monkey (Purple Dragonfly 2015 Award First Place Historical Fiction and Story Monster Approved 2014);

• Hockey Agony (Purple Dragonfly 2015 Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6 & Older and New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014 and Story Monster Approved 2014);

• The Golden Pathway (Literary Classics Silver Award & Seal of Approval Recipient Picture Book Early Reader 2011 and Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention) and;

McDine’s adventures continue as she ignites the curiosity of children through reading while she writes and moms from her home in the historical hamlet Tappan, NY. McDine is a member of the SCBWI, New York State Reading Association and Family Reading Partnership.

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The Calico Caterpillar

By Donna Lewis

THE CALICO CATERPILLAR is a delightful story that will captivate young children as they read (or listen to) the tale of a funny-looking little caterpillar and how he turns into a beautiful calico butterfly.  It is a science lesson all wrapped up in a charming and fascinating book.

The author tells this well-crafted story with close attention to language and descriptions that young readers can understand.  The lovely illustrations are the artistic work of illustrator H L Gillager.

I recommend THE CALICO CATERPILLAR to parents of young children and to young readers who enjoy an excellent story while learning about the real-life experiences of a caterpillar.

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My sincere thanks to the publisher William Parks for access to this book in return for my honest review.  I received no compensation for this review.

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Catching up!

I’d like to share some of the beautiful poetry of Mary Kendall. Please check out her blog for more of her poems.

A Poet in Time

Over the past few months, a lot of my work has been published, but I’ve been negligent in getting them posted. Breaking from my usual tradition of a separate post for each journal, I’m going to post all of them here in a single posting. Separate poems and journals are both divided by  ***.

Redlights, Volume 15, No. 2, June 2019

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a day will come

when we are the faces

in old picture albums

and no one left

to give us names

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babcia’s borscht recipe

in faded black ink—

can you smell the beets

bubble and hear her

hum along

Ribbons Spring/Summer 2019: Volume 15, No. 2

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PET scan . . .

all the dogs & cats

I ever knew & loved

romp in the tunnel

where I lie in stillness

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Ribbons Spring/Summer 2019: Volume 15, No. 2

Tanka Café:  Theme: What Matters [to You]

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