Book Brief: Jimmy Mender and His Miracle Dog

Jimmy Mender and His Miracle DogJimmy Mender and His Miracle Dog
by Angelo Dirks & Leland Dirks
Genre: Fiction – Family Life
Word count: 65,000

Can a man you’ve only known for a week change your life?

Paul Young can’t forget Jimmy Mender, the Stetson-wearing cowboy and former Marine who smells of Old Spice. Jimmy Mender can’t forget that he’s got a past that could hurt anyone he loves. And when Jimmy disappears, Paul is heartbroken.

For years, Paul wonders what happened to Jimmy. Then, out of the blue, Paul receives a package from Alaska. In it is a note from a stranger informing Paul that Jimmy has died. Also enclosed is a stack of Jimmy’s journals and a notice that there are other things up in Alaska that Paul is welcome to if he wants to go there and get them.

And so, Paul embarks on a journey to the north. In the process, he discovers who Jimmy truly was, and in turn, learns a great deal about himself. Along the way, a Border Collie with a secret decides to help him out. Sometimes, falling in love with the wrong man can bring you exactly where you need to be in your life. Continue reading “Book Brief: Jimmy Mender and His Miracle Dog”

Saturday Book Showcase: Jimmy Mender and His Miracle Dog

Jimmy Mender and His Miracle DogJimmy Mender and His Miracle Dog
by Angelo Dirks & Leland Dirks
4.9 average star rating from 54 reviews
Available from Amazon.

Paul Young can’t forget Jimmy Mender, the Stetson-wearing cowboy and former Marine who smells of Old Spice. When Jimmy disappears, Paul is heartbroken. Out of the blue, Paul receives a package from Alaska. In it is a note from a stranger informing Paul that Jimmy has died. Also enclosed is a stack of Jimmy’s journals and a notice that there are other things up in Alaska that Paul is welcome to if he wants to go get them. Continue reading “Saturday Book Showcase: Jimmy Mender and His Miracle Dog”

Featured Book: Don’t Tell Anyone

Don't Tell Anyone (award cover)Don’t Tell Anyone
by Laurie Boris
Genres: literature, women’s fiction
Available at Amazon US and Amazon UK.

When a family accidentally learns that their matriarch has breast cancer, their complicated weave of family secrets and lies begins to unravel. Can they hold their own lives together long enough to help Mom with hers? Winner, The Kindle Book Review’s 2013 Best Indie Books Award.

Excerpt:

“Ma. I got to tell you something.”

Estelle couldn’t hold it in any longer. “She’s drinking.”

“Huh?”

“Didn’t I warn you? Properly raised Jewish girls don’t drink like fish! Unitarian? What kind of meshugge religion is that? With all that coffee, and talk about the origin of the universe, and letting people believe in God or not?” She paused to catch her breath, and then lowered her voice. “You know her father was drunk at the wedding.”

“Ma, I was drunk at the wedding. So was Charlie.”

Apparently her elder son still failed to see the distinction. “No. There’s drunk and there’s drunk. You were celebrating. He was drunk. It’s in the genes. Don’t say I didn’t warn you when you come home one day and find your wife passed out on the sofa–on my sofa–and your son sticking his finger in electrical sockets and eating rat poison.”

What others are saying:

“She told a good story, gave me believable characters and dialogue, and added in some humor as well. I didn’t want this book to end.” – Amazon Customer (Lynne Schneider)

Book Brief |The Briton and the Dane : Timeline

TimelineThe Briton and the Dane: Timeline
by Mary Ann Bernal
Genre: Historical Romance, Drama, Fiction & Literature
Word count: 56,802
Available from Amazon.

Dr. Gwyneth Franger, a renowned expert in early medieval England, is set upon learning the truth about the death of Lord Erik, the last descendant of the powerful House of Wareham. Her quest becomes an obsession, a condition that began with the discovery of a portrait of the tall and valiant warrior. Digesting troves of mildewed scrolls and source documentation only enhances her belief that Lord Erik was brutally assassinated by a cabal of traitors in the pay of William the Bastard, shortly before the onslaught of the Norman Invasion.

On an archeological dig in Southern England, Dr. Franger finds herself transported back to the Dark Ages and at the side of the noble Lord Erik who commands an army of elite Saxon warriors. Witnessing the unrest firsthand, Gwyneth senses that her instincts had been right all along, and she is determined to learn the identities of the treacherous blackguards hiding in the shadows, villains who may well be posing as Lord Erik’s friends and counselors.

Gwyneth knows it is wrong to stop the assassins, but isn’t sure she can find the strength to walk away and watch her beloved Erik die. Will she intervene, change the course of history and wipe out an entire timeline to save the man she loves? Continue reading “Book Brief |The Briton and the Dane : Timeline”

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